Presenter: Pam Kachka with the University of Colorado-Denver
Blended courses ar ethose in which a significant portion of the learning activities have been moved online, and classroom time is reduced but not eliminated. But how much are science courses online? It appears that there are very few online science courses.
Advantages of Traditional Labs:
Disadvantages of Traditional Labs:
Advantages to Online Labs:
Disadvantages to Online Labs:
Advantages to Blended Labs:
Blended learning provides the largest set of instructional methods to choose from. It increases student engagement and active learning.
However, designing a functional and successful blended course takes time. You must ensure that the online and on-ground components of the course are integrated.
Planning questions – http://www4.uwm.edu/ltc/hybrid/faculty_resources/questions.cfm
To begin you need to assess your current course activities. Look at all the activities you do or require students to do. Then look at which of those components can be put online that enhance the educational process for students. Make sure that you document which components will be online and which components will be face to face. You also need to be specific about communication around each component and how students can interact with you the instructor. It is also a good idea to look at the tools that are included in an LMS. Those tools can help with time management and organization.