Fall 2016 Blended Course for Faculty Development

The Office of Digital Learning offers

a Blended Course for Faculty Development - Fall 2016

Course Title:

Effective Course Design for Online and Blended Learning Environments

Course Duration:

Six weeks
From Tuesday, September 27, 2016
To Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Who can attend?:

Full-time and adjunct faculty at SHU
Total number of seats available = 15
Seats will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Thanks for your understanding.


Last date for faculty to sign-up for this course – Tuesday, September 20, 2016 

Course Type:

This blended course will combine face to face, online, and one-on-one consultations.

Course Description:

Instructional design for traditional face-to-face courses differs markedly from the design for online delivery. This course is for faculty who want to design a new course or redesign their existing course for online and blended contexts.

We will build on the strength of your teaching expertise and work on three areas of course design – structural design of the course, methodologies to strengthen instructor presence, and integration of new technologies to build interactivity for student engagement. Discussions and activities will be anchored to the ADDIE model of instructional design and use the Blended Learning Toolkit (developed by the University of Central Florida) as a resource. By the end of the course, participants would have designed a blended or online course and built at least one module to use in their classroom.

Course Objectives:

1. Identify key principles of instructional design for the online/blended environments.
2. Apply blended learning theories to design the structure of your course.
3. Develop methodologies to strengthen the instructor’s socio-cognitive presence.
4. Explore digital media tools to build interactivity within your facilitation mechanisms.
5. Develop and implement instructional materials appropriate to the online/blended learning environment.


Facilitators: Jaya Kannan (Director, Digital Learning) and
Colette Rossignol (Educational Technologist, Digital Learning)
Tech Facilitator: Nicole Trudell (Blackboard Manager at SHU)

Course Schedule/Structure:

# Session dates Topic Session Type
1  Tuesday, Sept 27, 2016     3 pm – 4:30pm
  • Intro to online course design
  • Define your teaching goal  
Face-to-Face, Room E259, Martire
2  Tuesday, Oct 4, 2016  3pm – 4:30pm
  • Creation/redesign of course
  • Identify three aspects to focus on
1:1 Consultation, Room E259, Martire
3  Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016
  • Begin to develop your online/blended course and focus on the course structure
4  Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016   3pm – 4:30pm
  • Intro to Strengthening instructor presence and improving interactivity 
Face-to-Face, Room E259, Martire
5  Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016
  • Design an activity to strengthen instructor presence,
  • Design an activity to improve interactivity
  • Refine your draft of the course design
6  Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016  3pm – 4:30pm
  • Presentation of course development and sharing session with peers
Face-to-Face, Room E259, Martire

Recommended Reading:

McGee, P., & Reis, A. (2012). Blended Course Design: A Synthesis of Best Practices. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 16(4), 7-22. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ982678.pdf on Sep 05 2016.

Pacansky-Brock, M. (2012). Best practices for teaching with emerging technologies. Routledge. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0415899397/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Huang, R., Ma, D., & Zhang, H. (2008). Towards a design theory of blended learning curriculum. In Hybrid Learning and Education (pp. 66-78). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-540-85170-7_6#page-1


Prior experience with online teaching is not a requirement. Attendance and participation in ALL the six sessions is required to complete the course.

Realistic Expectations:

Work time: about two to three hours of work per week, for six weeks

Given that this course involves only six sessions, we want to be realistic in our expectations. You will arrive at an emerging framework for your course and design concrete activities. For a more detailed course development effort, it is highly recommended that you follow through with the office of Digital Learning and IT to continue to design and implement your course.

Will I get a certificate after completing this class?

 Yes. Faculty who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of course completion signed by the Provost.

What resources will I need for this class?

A working computer, internet connection, and eagerness to participate.