Foundations of Blended Learning Course

30 CPE creditsThe purpose of this course is to increase awareness of blended learning and provide you the opportunity to research best practices to model in your own classrooms. You will conduct a series of learning activities to discover best blended learning practices and resources to integrate into personal learning spaces.

Course length: 12 weeks
CPE hours: 30

After completion of this course, you qualify to take the UTeach Advanced Blended Learning Course.

In the 2018-19 school year, 852 educators from 60 Texas school districts and charter schools completed the Blended Learning Course. For more information about registering for the Blended Learning course, complete this form. The cost for the course is $1,000.

If you have any questions, please contact us at pdinfo@uteach.utexas.edu.

Module 1 Blended Learning: Where Do I Start? (4 hours) 

This module explores relevant research literature to help you construct a new understanding of blended learning. You will become familiar with tools and strategies indicative of a blended learning environment and develop systems for creating your own blended learning classroom. The learning activities embedded throughout the course will help you answer the driving question: What does blended learning look like in my classroom? 

Learning Objectives

    • Research current blended learning practices and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for educators and summarize findings.
    • Learn about different models of blended learning and create a station rotation module.
    • Review three reliable technology tools that are often integrated into blended classrooms.
    One take away is education is a never-ending cycle for both the student and teacher. This online class was excellent. It stretched me in several different ways and caused me to evaluate and change several parts of my students’ everyday experience.  — Donna McCown, 7th-grade math teacher, Rusk ISD

    Module 2 Personalized Learning in the Blended Classroom (6 hours) 

    This module encourages you to develop strategies to personalize instruction to meet the needs of individual students. Technology tools provide access to a multitude of resources to assist with personalization as well as the incorporation of tools and strategies to foster a personalized learning experience in a blended classroom. As you work through each of the assignments, keep in mind the driving question of this module: Which personalized learning strategies should be consistently used in my blended classroom to enhance student learning? 

    Learning Objectives

      • Research personalized learning and share findings with classmates.
      • Create a sample personalized learning plan and provide/receive peer feedback.
      • Review sample data tracking systems and develop a tool to support student data tracking.

      Sample work products: 5E Differentiated Blended Lesson Plans

      Module 3 Tools and Strategies for Managing a Blended Learning Environment (8 hours) 

      In this module, you will discover innovative tools and resources for managing the variety of activities taking place in a blended learning environment. You will design a classroom management plan, create technology-enhanced learning activities, and develop strategies to foster digital citizenship in your own blended classroom. You will research, implement, and collaborate while developing personalized responses to the driving question: What tools and strategies will be most effective for managing my blended classroom? 

      Learning Objectives

        • Research blended classroom management tools and develop a blended classroom management plan.
        • Participate in discussions regarding enhancement of communication and collaboration.
        • Create a blended 5E lesson plan.

        Sample work products: 21st Century Classroom Management Plans and Lesson Plans

        My high school English teacher would always tell us, “When you stop learning, you stop living.” That has stuck with me and is one of my teaching mantras. I may not always know the answers or the best thing to do for my students, but I will always try to learn something new to facilitate learning in my classroom.  The opportunity afforded by this blended learning cohort has been a true asset and highlight of my ten years of teaching to date. — Mariela Sanchez, 4th-grade English language arts and reading teacher,  Weslaco ISD

        Module 4 Capstone: Transforming Classrooms for the Digital Age (12 hours) 

        This module builds upon the blended learning principles from the previous modules. In this capstone course, you will observe blended learning classrooms, complete individualized efforts to enhance blended instruction, and reflect on current and future blended learning practices.

        The activities in this capstone course will assist in the creation of individual responses to the driving question: How do I best combine technology-enhanced tools, differentiation strategies, and management tools to transform my classroom into a blended learning environment? 

        Learning Objectives

          • Conduct observations of blended learning classrooms and provide feedback.
          • Choose blended learning topics of interest to further research.
          • Write a reflection paper. 

          Sample work products: Blended Learning Reflection Papers

          Register here for the Blended Learning Course. If you have any questions, please contact us at pdinfo@uteach.utexas.edu.

          Program personalization is available upon request.