Universal Design for Learning: Strategies for Blended and Online Learning
Section 2.3: An Example of Blended Learning
|INDC-1110 Essential Skills for Training & Facilitation is a blended course at JIBC. In this course, participants are asked to do 3 hours of pre-work before attending 3-days of face-to-face in-class instructions. The course is structured in the following ways:
This blended course has the appeal of working independently online and with peers face-to-face where learners could gain valuable social connections. Learners also have the chance to engage with course content, peers, and the instructor in multiple ways.
But we must not forget that any pedagogical approach has its strengths and weaknesses. Blended learning can remove certain barriers but also create new ones. These barriers can be technological, social-emotional, and cognitive.
Read the example again, and ask yourself:
- What may be some of the barriers in this blended learning course?
- If you are the instructor, how might you address the barriers using UDL framework?