Converting to a Distance Learning Format

For the week seven course assignment in my graduate degree program, I created a Best Practices Guide for a training manager intending to convert his company’s face-to-face training sessions to a blended learning format. Typically, a blended format, also referred to as hybrid (Sands, 2002), combines online and face-to-face delivery with 30% to 79% of the content being delivered online (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2012). While blended courses reduce time in the classroom, “seat time”(Sands, 2002, p. 1) is not eliminated altogether.

The Best Practices Guide includes the following sections of content: Pre-planning Strategies, Choosing the Right Content for the Blended Course, Transitioning from Trainer to Facilitator, and Promoting Communication. This document includes bullet points and sub-headings of essential concepts, graphic illustrations, a table for making the most of each mode, and references.

Throughout the design of this guide, my aim was to provide the trainer with the tools and strategies to assist him with the conversion of his face-to-face courses to a blended format. The intent was not to overswhelm him with everything there is to know regarding blended learning, but instead to provide him with the essential information he needs to be successful during the conversion process.

A PDF version of the complete document is provided in this posting.

References:

Sands, P. (2002). Inside outside, upside downside, strategies for connecting online and face-to-face instruction in hybrid courses. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 8(6), 1-4. Retrieved from http://www.wisconsin.edu/ttt/articles/sands2.htm

Simonson, M., Smaldino, S, Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2012). Teaching and learning at a distance Foundations of distance education (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Best Practices Guide: Converting to a Distance Learning Format

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