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Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry

Professor Norman Vaughan
Department of Education, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada

Abstract:

According to a survey conducted over ten years ago, more than 80% of higher education institutions in the United States offer courses in a blended format (Arabasz, Boggs & Baker, 2003). In the words of Gladwell (2000), we have gone over the “tipping point”; blended learning has become an educational epidemic. The three societal forces that have converged (the perfect wave) to drive this epidemic are technology, financial constraints, and quality concerns. The blended approaches to learning that have arisen to address these forces have led to three major non-contradictory affordances – effectiveness, efficiency and convenience. The result is an era of engagement and sustainable communities of inquiry. This session will provide participants with an opportunity to share and discuss strategies for designing, facilitating, and leading blended learning courses and programs.

Objectives:
The session will provide participants with the opportunity to share and discuss strategies for:
• Designing and organising a blended course
• Facilitating and moderating a blended course
• Directing and leading a blended course

Brief Biography

Norman Vaughan, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Education at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has co-authored the books Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry (2013) and Blended Learning in Higher Education (2008) and he has published a series of articles on blended learning and faculty development. Dr. Vaughan is the Co-founder of the Blended Online Design Network (BOLD), a member of the Community of Inquiry Research Group, the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning and he is on the Editorial Boards of numerous national and international journals.

Professor Norman Vaughan