Splendid Blended: The Quality in the Blend

Concurrent Session 6

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Brief Abstract

Connect with the University of Central Florida BlendKit facilitators as they share research based strategies for the planning, development, promotion and delivery of a MOOC.  This MOOC has had a total enrollment over the past three years exceeding 6250 participants. Discover the BlendKit hype and join this community of practice.

Presenters

Sue is an instructional designer (ID) with the Center for Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida. Sue collaborates with other IDs to deliver professional development opportunities, applies best practices with her faculty when structuring online course design, and offers consultation and instructional design/delivery guidance.  She also project manages graphics, media development, and emerging technology implementation as well as assessment and research considerations for fully online and blended courses. Sue's areas of interest and research are Project Management for IDs in Higher Education and Mobile Learning.
Dr. Linda S. Futch is the Interim Direction, Instructional Design, for the Center for Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida. Her duties cover instructional design, technical support for online courses, and management of the course management system. Linda has been instrumental in guiding faculty development for online courses and developing systems to support faculty and students. She has developed curriculum and delivered instruction in business, high school, community college, and higher education. For her doctoral dissertation, Linda studied blended learning at a large metropolitan university and is currently studying the design of successful blended courses.
Dr. Rohan Jowallah has worked in education for over twenty years and has international experience, having taught in the Caribbean, England and USA. His teaching experience includes teaching online, face-to-face and blended modes of course delivery. He has taught at various levels: elementary school; middle school; high school and university. Rohan Jowallah holds an Ed.D. in Language and Literacy in Education from the University of Sheffield in England; ME.d. in Special Needs and Inclusion Studies from The Open University in England; BSc in Psychology from The Open University in England; Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Wolverhamptom in England and ASc in Secondary Education from Bethlehem Moravian College in Jamaica and a certificate in Social Work from The University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies. Rohan has presented at several international conferences and has had several peer-reviewed publications. He also has a published book chapter and continues to develop work for publication. He has also been a reviewer of several international journals. Rohanís roles at UCF as an instructional designer includes assisting faculty as they transition into online teaching and learning. In addition, he has an active research agenda which focuses on online learning pedagogies, literacy and inclusion. He also works part-time as an adjunct for the University of Central Florida and The University of the West Indies Open Campus.

Extended Abstract

Garrison and Kanuka (2004) states that blended learning amalgamates the traditional face-to-face with online interactions. The amalgamation of the above learning modalities requires a critical decision making process, which should consider: students’ learning culture, technological tools available, flexibility of the learning population, physical location, and maximizing of the benefits of using face-to-face and online components for course design (Medgeid, (2014). Jowallah et al (2015) suggest the quality of a blended course will be influenced by the; design of the course; how the course is developed; how the course is delivered, and finally how the course is managed.

Over the past three years the University of Central Florida has delivered the Blendkit MOOC in collaboration with EDUCAUSE. The Blendkit MOOC is a five-week course, with online open access materials and an optional guided course experience assisting participants in planning and decision making process while developing a blended course. The total enrollment for BlendKit over the past three years exceeded 6250 participants, many of whom went on to complete the UCF/EDUCAUSE Blended Instructor’s credential. The successful delivery of this MOOC requires a team approach for planning, development, promotion and delivery with quality checks in place along the way.

This presentation will highlight how instructors can use BlendKit, an open education faculty development course, to assist them in their design, development, delivery and the management of a quality blended course at their institutions.  Participants will also be given the opportunity to view the BlendKit site while we highlight strategies for locating and utilizing the open educational resources available. Also, participants will be guided on best practices for consideration when using the BlendKit resources and promoted to openly discuss their application of the resources and plans for applying these practices at their own institutions. Lastly, the presenters will disseminate research based findings that identified key quality indicators necessary in the planning, designing, development and delivery of a blended course.