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A Program-Based Approach to Developing and Implementing Blended Instruction: The University of Vermont School Library Media Studies Sequence

A Program-Based Approach to Developing and Implementing Blended Instruction: The University of Vermont School Library Media Studies Sequence
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Author(s): Linda S. Brew (University of Vermont, USA) and Judith L. Kaplan (University of Vermont, USA)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 21
Source title: Blended Learning Environments for Adults: Evaluations and Frameworks
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Panagiotes S. Anastasiades (University of Crete, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0939-6.ch009

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Abstract

A program-based approach to converting a site-based post-baccalaureate teacher education program to a blended format is described. While the face-to-face version of the program was able to serve a very limited number of prospective students in a predominantly rural area, the blended approach has attracted so many participants that double classes are regularly required to meet demand. Major issues covered include designing curriculum with regard to adult learning theories, balancing synchronous and asynchronous instruction methods, and developing adjunct faculty competencies. Results of a program evaluation based on survey data from students and faculty are included, indicating a high level of satisfaction with learning experiences overall, balanced by requests for improvements in course design and strong faculty involvement in both online and videoconferencing formats.

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