Blended Learning Summit - Part 2: Conceptualizing Quality Blended Course Design

Concurrent Session 5
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Brief Abstract

Emerging from higher ed’s pandemic response in which expediency has by necessity often been prized over deliberate course design, it is imperative for those in our field to emphasize the connection between thoughtful conceptualizations of blended course design and high quality blended teaching and learning experiences. This session will focus on conceptual models useful in reframing blended course design. Participants will be invited to discuss the best ways to use these models in their own teaching, instructional design, and leadership practice.



A popular speaker and facilitator, Dr. Kelvin Thompson regularly addresses groups throughout the US on topics related to online/blended learning and educational technology while he serves as the Executive Director of the University of Central Florida's (UCF) Center for Distributed Learning ( with a faculty appointment as a graduate faculty scholar in UCF's College of Education & Human Performance. Dr. Thompson has collaborated on the design of hundreds of online and blended courses over the past twenty years and is active in the online education community. Kelvin developed the BlendKit Course open courseware ( as part of UCF's Blended Learning Toolkit, and he also co-hosts TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast available on iTunes and at His personal research interests center around how interaction affects learner engagement, and information on his Online Course Criticism qualitative evaluation model for facilitating the scholarship of teaching and learning in online and blended environments is available online ( Kelvin Thompson holds an EdD in curriculum and instruction and an MA in instructional systems technology from UCF and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Florida State University. Curriculum vitae is available online at

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