This page is your resource for links, papers, and other information about designing and facilitating blended courses. Note that in some cases, authors use the term "hybrid" in place of "blended".

We are pleased to offer you the new Blended Course Toolkit in Brightspace designed by Ken Silvestri. This resource is available to MSU faculty and will help you design and teach an effective blended course. The toolkit is divided into three key areas associated with teaching a blended course:

  • Blended Course Planning & Organization
  • Communicating Expectations & Supporting Student Success
  • Technologies & Tools for Teaching Blended Courses
  • Sharing and discussion space

How to access the Blended Course Toolkit in Brightspace:

  1. Go to your Brightspace homepage
  2. Click the Discover button in the blue banner at the top of the page
  3. You will see the Blended Course Toolkit under the heading New
  4. Enroll in the course from there
  5. Access the tutorial on how to use the Blended Course Toolkit here

See screenshot below:

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Books and Articles 

Caulfield, Jay, (2011). How to design and teach a hybrid course: Achieving Student-Centered Learning through Blended Classroom, Online and Experiential Activities. Sterling: VA, Stylus Publishing.
(The description of the continuous learning cycle, rhythm of hybrid assignments, and “what the best hybrid teachers say and do” come from this book).

The following articles are all available online via the MSU libraries:

  • Chandler, T.; Park, Y.; Levin, K.; & Morse, S. (2013). The incorporation of hands-on tasks in an online course: an analysis of a blended learning environment.  Interactive Learning Environments, 21 (5), pp. 456-468.
  • Garrison, D., & Kanuka, H. (2004). Blended learning: Uncovering its transformative potential in higher education.
    Internet and Higher Education, 7, pp. 95-105.
  • Means, B., Toyama, Y., Murphy, R., & Baki, M. (2013). The effectiveness of online and blended learning: A meta-analysis of the empirical literature.
    Teachers College Record, 115 (3). Special Section, pp. 1 – 47.
  • Yudko, E., Hirokawa, R., & Chi, R. (2006). Attitudes, beliefs, and attendance in a hybrid course.
    Computers & Education, 50 (2008), pp1217-1227

Other Resource sites

Active Learning While Maintaining Social Distancing

The National Center for Academic Transformation - The Replacement Model