Blended/online learning orientations: Recommendations for design

Posted on September 2nd, 2016

A study from the University of Texas at San Antonio examines what is needed to prepare students for blended/online courses. The researchers note that, while more online courses have been offered over the last year, the process of preparing students for online and blended courses is inconsistent across institutions. The team conducted a literature review of strategies used by institutions to prepare students for blended/online courses. They found that the design and implementation of blended/online classes lack uniformity and many institutions use generic tools and strategies, if any, for orienting students to blended/online courses. In a time where most things are customized, the researchers argue that “institutions of high­er education have an opportunity to support student success by customiz­ing their preparation to complete courses in a variety of delivery modes.”