NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Blended Teaching & Learning, aka: Online Extended Teaching

EDUC 600




Instructor: Amy Michalowski

Grading: Letter or S/U

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 19, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $150 + Course Fee: $275

Class Offered Through Virtual High School

Course Description:

A hybrid or blended course combines face-to-face instruction and web-or computer-based learning. Common features of hybrid courses will be explored including the following:

  • the delivery of the syllabus, effective online lectures, readings, and assignments on web pages
  • discussions and presentations through online message boards, email, and chat
  • interactive tutorials and labs
  • online assessment.

By taking advantage of online-extended instruction, less in-class time can be spent on mundane tasks and more time can be spent on collaborative, flexible and meaningful activities that incorporate all student learning styles. In this intensive, six-week course, teachers determine what aspects of their course are best suited to presentation online, create new approaches to communicating with students, and create active independent learning experiences for students. Using computer-based technologies, instructors use the hybrid model to redesign some a lesson, module, or component of their course content into new online learning activities, such as case studies, tutorials, self-testing exercises, simulations, and online group collaborations.


At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Use the Internet in instruction efficiently and effectively to develop student centered, project-based learning that supports the development of 21st Century skills.
  • Create new lessons that incorporate technology applications into the teacher's core curriculum.
  • Transform curriculum with technology-based real-world learning for students.
  • Design content that enhances learning and fosters students' engagement with technology.
  • Integrate technology and core content to teach problem solving, analytical skills, and techniques for presentation.
  • Read and reflect on the benefits of blending your classroom and on ways to transition from face-to-face classrooms to hybrid classrooms.
  • Discuss the necessary components of a blended course: Administrative, Assessment, Community, and Content.
  • Determine what activities work best online from your own classroom.
  • Design Learning Activities that promote active learning and critical thinking.
  • Initiate the redesign process for a blended course lesson/module.
  • Create a blended module to integrate into a face-to-face course by completing the Blended Module Project.

About The Instructor

Amy Michalowski
Amy Michalowski

Amy Michalowski earned a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Worchester State College in Massachusetts. Her B.S. in Biotechnology is awarded from Worchester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. Amy spent 7 years as a chemistry teacher before moving into a career teaching professional development courses to K-12 educators. 



**Registration Instructions:

Please register with Virtual High School at http://thevhs.org/ for the course prior to registering for NDSU Professional Development Graduate Credit.

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided. Use the Cancel Registration Form to cancel your registration for an NDSU Distance and Continuing Education class. 

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