For Instructors

General Resources

Blended Learning Pedagogical Resources

With more and more schools embracing Blended and fully online programs, numerous useful resources continue to emerge that help to clarify the rationale behind these approaches and the best practices Instructors are attempting to integrate into their courses. Below, find some useful resources from a variety of different schools and institutes:

Professional Organizations/Conferences

For Writing Instructors:

For a comprehensive list of relevant blended/hybrid/online teaching organizations, find the following table compiled by The Blended Learning Toolkit offered by the University of Central Florida here.

Scholarship

"Asynchronous & Synchronous E-Learning" by Hrastinski

"Blended Learning or E-Learning?" by Tayebinik and Puteh

"Blending with purpose: The Multimodal Model" by Picciano

"Comparing Student Learning Outcomes in Face-To-Face and Online Course Delivery" by Sussman and Dutter

"The Gradual Student" by Flores and Flores

"Optimizing Pedagogy for Blended Learning" by Taylor

"A study of student satisfaction in a blended e-learning system environment" by Wua, Tennysonb and Hsiac

"Toward a Complexity of Online Learning: Learners in Online First-Year Writing" by Rendahla and Breuchb

"Understanding cognitive presence in an online and blended community of inquiry" by Akyol and Garrison

For more, find the list compiled by the Blended Learning Initiative at Penn State here.

Also, the Sloan Consortium provides the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN), found here.

Course Management Resources

  • Canvas
    The University of Maryland's Course Management System is offered through Canvas. Most PWP Instructors, both traditional and Blended Learning, use Canvas to some extent to provide course content, manage the drafting process, and interact with students outside of the classroom.
  • Weebly
    Among the many free website creation and course management platforms currently available, several Blended Learning Instructors have chosen to integrate Weeblyinto their course construction. By no means is Weebly the only online resource offering free services to educators -- but it is a good starting place.
    • The Weebly website's 'Beginner's Guide' is available here.
    • Weebly has a large collection of videos and articles in their Help Center, including the beginners guide, found here.
  • Google Drive
    Within Canvas are document creation and peer-review resources that help to facilitate the draft submission process. These resources are used by most PWP and AWP Blended Learning Instructors in one way or another. As an alternative, there are also all the resources provided by Google Drive, which can be great for a number of projects including group work. Since student email accounts are provided by Gmail, likely they have already set up their Google Drive accounts.
    • The Google Drive Launch Page is found here.
    • The Google Drive Intro Video is found below:

Course Material Creation Resources

  • Voicethread
    VoiceThread is a cloud application allowing both Instructors and students to create, comment on, and share text, video, audio and other files.
  • Camtasia
    Camtasia enables screen recording and video editing.
    • For a list of Camtasia features, go here.
    • Camtasia Studio 8 Overview Video found below:

Campus Resources

Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs)

Since Blended Learning courses do not meet in person as frequently as traditional classes, UTAs provide an opportunity for an extra layer of course management. If managed effectively, UTAs can serve as a useful student ally in the classroom, and a valuable resource for providing as much commentary as possible on student work throughout the drafting process. In the end, how much or how little UTAs are utilized in and/or out of the classroom is up to the discretion of the Instructor, in accordance with departmental policies.

Find more information on the English Department's UTA program here.