The Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) Blended Learning Transformation (BlendLT) program offers full support for faculty who wish to redesign their existing residential instruction course to an innovative blended (face-to-face and online) format. This support includes three key areas:
- faculty development
- resources to assist in course development
The next BlendLT faculty cohort will begin in May 2017. Applications are no longer being accepted for this cohort.
Penn State’s strategic plan includes leveraging digital capabilities for further impact in education and the use of blended learning designs in higher education is a current significant trend toward that goal.
There are a number of drivers for this trend including the emerging learning technologies that increasingly enable effective digital engagement for students and faculty. Penn State has a rich history of being a leader in the effective use of educational technology and with the University’s adoption of the Canvas learning management system, a significant opportunity for instructors to reimagine how they want to structure and deliver their courses is at hand.
To support faculty interested in taking this opportunity to redesign their course to deliver in a blended modality, TLT offers the BlendLT faculty engagement program. This program is a full engagement that will support faculty members’ efforts to redesign their course to blended format. The BlendLT program consists of three important elements of support for this engagement:
- Faculty Development: TLT provides a formalized development program for faculty on how to design and deliver blended courses.
- TLT Resource Support for Redesign: TLT will provide resources such as instructional designers and media developers to support each faculty member’s redesign and development project.
- TLT Resources for Assessment: TLT will provide resources to assist in the assessment of the redesigned blended course to ensure solid measurement of learning outcomes.
The BlendLT program is a cohort-based engagement in which selected faculty will be given the opportunity to collaborate with peers throughout the engagement process including during the formal professional development work as well as during the development and assessment phases.
The BlendLT program is a unique engagement that requires a level of commitment from TLT and the selected faculty to accomplish the goals of redesigning a course to a blended format. Each faculty member of the cohort selected for the BlendLT program will be required to:
- Actively participate in the faculty development program which includes seven (7) sessions:
- Two (2) seminars (approximately six hours each) at University Park
- Five (5) synchronous online seminars (approximately two hours each)
- In addition to the time in the seven seminars, apply two to four hours per week in preparation and follow-up work.
- Partner with TLT resources to complete deliverables required for the redesigned course that will launch in fall 2017. This includes regularly scheduled meetings with your design team and working individually on your content and design elements.
- Partner with TLT resources to complete all elements of the required course assessment as well as sharing your evidence of success for your blended course.
The request for proposals for the summer to fall 2017 BlendLT program cohort is now closed. During an open request for proposals, we seek faculty who would like to redesign a residential instruction course which they have previous experience in teaching. The next BlendLT faculty cohort will begin their engagement in May 2017 and work through the summer in order to deliver their blended course in fall 2017.
- May 10, 2017, 10:00-11:00 a.m., online synchronous
- May 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., University Park
- May 24 2017, 10:00 a.m.-noon, online synchronous
- May 31, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-noon, online synchronous
- June 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., University Park
- June 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m.-noon, online synchronous
- July 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-noon, online synchronous
If you have questions about the BlendLT program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each BlendLT participant is responsible for participating with our staff to achieve the agreed upon goals of the project. In addition to meeting these agreed upon expectations, we ask that BlendLT faculty also:
- Propose a session for the annual TLT Symposium.
- Participate in the creation of publications or presentations to be shared with audiences outside Penn State.
- Maintain an ongoing collaborative relationship with TLT.
- Have fun and share in a collaborative learning environment.