4 – Designing

Designing Blended Courses

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.
Scott Adams

About this chapter

Chapter 4, Designing Blended Courses prompts teachers to rethink their course in anticipation of a blended redesign. This chapter introduces an easy-to-follow design process that aims to ensure your choice of modes is best for learning.

From the guide…



The following figures illustrate common stages of a “backward” design process to create a blended learning experience.


Readings & References

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