10 – Improving

Ongoing Improvements of the Blended Course

What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from…
T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets, V

About this chapter

Chapter 10, The End as the Beginning: Ongoing Improvement of the Blended Course prompts teachers to reflect on and evaluate their blended teaching practices using various tools and strategies, and to continue to improve their blended course design.

From the guide…

To Do

Many chapters of this guide feature a “to do” item to help you focus your own blended course design:

You now have a prototype of at least one lesson and a draft version of the syllabus for your blended course. Use the lesson prototype as a model for other lessons, and build the rest of your course. Plan to make revisions as you teach the course based on student performance.

Resources

For a sampling of free online survey tools see Tools & Platforms

Table 10.1

A sample student survey for a blended course:

I was glad to find out this course was blended.

Strongly Agree

Agree

No opinion

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

Onsite (face-to-face) time helps me learn.

Strongly Agree

Agree

No opinion

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

Online activities are more engaging than onsite activities.

Strongly Agree

Agree

No opinion

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I don’t really need to come to the face-to-face class.

Strongly Agree

Agree

No opinion

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

Instructions for online activities are confusing.

Strongly Agree

Agree

No opinion

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

Most people will easily figure out how to use the course web site.

Strongly Agree

Agree

No opinion

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I’m learning a lot in this course.

Strongly Agree

Agree

No opinion

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

I don’t worry about the technology getting in the way when I’m working online.

Strongly Agree

Agree

No opinion

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

This feels like more work than a regular face-to-face course.

Strongly Agree

Agree

No opinion

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

 

References & Readings

Evans, J. R., & Mathur, A. (2005). The value of online surveys. Internet Research, 15(2), 195-219.

Hensley, G. (2005). Creating a hybrid college course: Instructional design notes and recommendations for beginners. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 1(2).

Siemens, G., & Long, P. (2011). Penetrating the fog: Analytics in learning and education. Educause Review, 46(5), 30-32.

Wiley, D. (2010, March). Openness and the future of education. Presentation at TEDxNYED, New York. Retrieved from http://youtube.com/watch?v=Rb0syrgsH6M