Monthly Archives: October 2010

6 VIPs on your Blended Learning Team

Rumor has it that you might be teaching a blended or hybrid learning class sometime soon. Maybe you already are doing it now.

Feel like you’re on an island? Stop that! No instructor is an island. 

When you are teaching a blended or hybrid learning class, surround yourself with a team of VIPs. Regardless of the level of instruction – secondary education, career education, adult education—it does not matter – you need to surround yourself with a VIP team.
VIP #6: A school or district technician
If you are teaching in a blended or hybrid learning situation, you are going to be using some […]

Layers of Assessment: Module tests added to HealthCenter21

In any type of structured learning, smart instructors and instructional designers build in frequent assessments to make sure the students really are getting it. And instructors chunk learning and assessments to verify that their students fully understand the smaller pieces of content. provides layers of content and assessments.

Each lesson is made up of pages of content with in-line questions. Students learn small chunks of content and then answer questions about what they are learning. Students can repeat lessons until they have mastered the content.
Each unit is made up of several lessons. And at the end of each unit after […]

Building Time Management Skills with a Penn State module

How well do your students manage their time?
How well do YOU manage your time?

Teaching students in a blended or hybrid learning situation requires that both you and your students work on time management skills. Self-pacing is an essential skill for the instructor and the student. Students must meet their smaller deadlines- the whole way through the learning experience.

But what if you lack those skills?
What if your students lack those skills?

Penn State has developed an iStudy Time Management module available online that can help you and your students improve your time management skills.

The module is available at

Objectives for the […]

Can self-paced, open-enrollment courses deliver?

A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education explores the controversy around the spreading use of open-enrollment courses at post-secondary institutions. Online open-enrollment online courses are allowing students to set their own schedule – and pace.

What do you think? Does open-enrollment take self-paced learning too far?

Proponents say self-paced, open-enrollment courses are better than traditional courses because of the convenience for students and individualized attention each student receives.

Critics debate the effectiveness of this model, questioning the level of deep understanding that occurs without collaboration. Others say the model is based on money – not individualized learning—because instructors are typically paid […]