Participants will be able to independently use their learning to design and deliver high-quality courses/units in a blended learning environment. We will learn to use "Understanding by Design" (UbD), which is a framework for improving student achievement.

UbD uses a backward design approach by focusing first on identifying desired outcomes, then determining appropriate assessments, and lastly, planning relevant, effective and engaging learning experiences both in the classroom and online. Participants will use Moodle and other collaborative technology tools in conjunction with UbD to create a blended learning experience.

Team Blue - Blended Learning

Team Blue is a new way of thinking about teaching and learning in the classroom. This project combines the best we know about good instructional design and incorporates that with a solid technology infrastruture to support learning in a blended environment (both in the classroom and online.) This new approach provides access to low cost (free), personalized, quality learning opportunities that are creative and collaborative, accessible anytime and anywhere. 

Teachers will use instructional design strategies from "Understanding by Design," a framework for designing effective instruction. This framework uses a backward design approach by focusing first on identifing desired outcomes, then determining appropriate assessments, and lastly, planning relevant, effective and engaging learning experiences both in the classroom and online. In the online environment, students will have access to a variety of tools provided by ESU 10 and other third party hosts to engage them and give them an opportunity to enhance their 21st century learning.