Essentials for Blended Learning: A Standards-Based Guide

Jared Stein is Director of Knowledge Resources at Instructure.

Charles R. Graham is an Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology & Technology at Brigham Young University. He also currently serves as the Associate Dean for the David O. McKay School of Education.

Essentials for Blended Learning: A Standards-Based Guide provides a practical, streamlined approach for creating effective learning experiences by blending online activities and the best of face-to-face teaching.

This guide is:

Easy to use: Clear, jargon-free writing; illustrations; and references to online resources help readers understand concepts.

Streamlined: A simple but effective design process focuses on creating manageable activities for the right environment.

Practical: Real-world examples from different subject areas help teachers understand principles in context.

Contemporary: The variety of modern, connected technologies covered in the guide addresses a range of teaching challenges.

Forward-Looking: The approach bridges the gap between formal classroom learning and informal lifelong learning.

Standards-based: Guidelines and standards are based on current research in the field, relevant learning theories, and practitioner experiences.

Effective blended learning requires significant rethinking of teaching practices and a fundamental redesign of course structure. Essentials for Blended Learning: A Standards-Based Guide simplifies these difficult challenges without neglecting important opportunities to transform teaching. This guide is suitable for teachers in any content area.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Orientation to Blended Teaching and Learning

Chapter 2: Elements of Blended Courses: A Tour

Chapter 3: Engaging Learners in a Blended Course

Chapter 4: Designing Blended Courses

Chapter 5: Planning Your Course from Goals and Outcomes

Chapter 6: Blending Assessment and Feedback for Learning

Chapter 7: Blending Content-Driven Learning Activities

Chapter 8: Blending Community-Driven Learning Activities