Instructional design/Blended Learning Lesson Plans

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Introduction Defining Blended Instruction Types of Blended Instruction Designing a Blended Lesson Summary
Trying to teach everything can be frustrating.

Mr. Hibbert's Plight[edit | edit source]

Mr. Hibbert is at his whit's end trying to determine how to best teach all of the content to his 6th grade Science class. His state has recently adopted a new set of standards for teaching that require students to master skills like collaboration, critical thinking, and communication in addition to the content that they are already required to learn. In addition, Mr. Hibbert has heard from several professional development sessions that he should be emphasizing 21st-century skills in his instruction. But there's never enough time! He can barely make it through all of the content in one semester, let alone spend time teaching skills that won't be assessed on the final exam. How can Mr. Hibbert ever create a learning environment where students master the content while developing the skills they will need in order to be successful in the 21st-century workforce?

The Power of Blended Instruction[edit | edit source]

Mr. Hibbert's plight is not uncommon in today's K-12 education field. Designing instruction that teaches both content and skill acquisition can feel like more of an art form than a science. Thankfully, there are new teaching strategies that allow teachers to create more challenging and engaging lessons without sacrificing class time. Educational technology has opened the door to an infinite number of possibilities in instruction. While the vast and ever-growing sea of online educational resources can be daunting, there will never be a substitute for good instructional practices. In this module, you will learn about blended instruction, which incorporates technology into the instructional sequence to create lessons that empower students and create more time to help students who need the most support.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

Here is what you will be able to do by the end of this module.

  1. Given a description of a lesson, learners will be able to identify whether the lesson uses blended instruction.
  2. Given an example of a lesson that uses blended instruction, learners will be able to classify the instructional model as station-rotation, lab-rotation, or flipped.
  3. Given a lesson plan template for blended instruction containing multiple sections, learners will be able to recognize the purpose and / or function of each section.

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