1. Identify the main instructional approach (face to face or online)
2. Identify the main content to be covered.
3. Identify the main skills to be developed during the course.
4. Analyze the most appropriate mode for each learning objective (and then create a table like the one below) and analyze resources available.
5. Identify the unique characteristics of face-to-face teaching in a digital world.
The two courses I chose to focus on are Digital Differentiation and Skype in the Classroom. For both of these courses, the main instructional approach is face-to-face. That is the only way we have offered these professional learning courses. The main content to be covered in the Digital Differentiation course are the variety of digital tools teachers can use to differentiate content, process, and product. We also include samples for teachers to see what the tools look like in various content areas. At this point, I don't know what skills are to be developed during the course because the participants do not create any digital products that they can use in their classroom.
When redesigning Digital Differentiation as a blended course, I would like to see some articles on differentiating instruction from websites like Edutopia and other teacher blogs. I would also like to include videos of teachers differentiating instruction with specific digital tools that we plan to feature in the face to face course. I would organize the course into six online modules: Overview Differentiated Instruction, Digital Differentiation (F2F course resources and activities), Data, Assessment and Differentiation, Differentiating Content, Differentiating Process, and Differentiating Product. Each module would include: Article readings, Video with Discussion, and an Assignment. In the overview module, I would include a short pre-assessment/survey to see what participants know prior to taking the course. The assignment in each module would be a choice board where participants can choose the assignment they would like to complete and then they would submit it in Schoology.
The Skype in the Classroom course is a second course I would like to see move to a blended course. For this course, I would include six modules: Skype Technical Skills Introduction, Skype in the Classroom- Microsoft community, Skype for Virtual Field Trips, Skype for Guest Speakers, Mystery Skype, and Creating a Skype Lesson. Each module would have a Skype video of the topic in action, Skype lesson related to the topic, Skype basic skills (i.e. scheduling a conference, adding contacts, sharing your screen, etc.) Participants will be placed in a grading group for discussion based on their content area. This will give them the opportunity to plan their lesson with teachers who teach the same content. It may even help them develop some collaborations between their classes via Skype.
Bates, A. W. (2015). Teaching in the Digital Age.