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Blended Learning

Blended Learning (BL) courses, also known as hybrid courses, are courses which combine the traditional classroom experience with an online learning experience. While a BL course requires the same time commitment as a regular course, course hours are split so that half take place in the classroom and the other half consists of web-based activity. The BL model recognizes that there are advantages to both face-to-face classroom and online environments. By introducing BL courses at FIT, the college aims to mix the strengths of both settings and, as a result, provide a new and meaningful learning experience. BL courses meet regularly in the classroom, but the semester hours add up to of a regular course. The other is spent on online tasks such as:

  • participating in online discussion forums
  • posting reports on independent activities
  • using the Internet to research topics as assigned by the instructor
  • taking a quiz using an online quiz tool
  • watching an assigned video clip

The above activities are only examples of the types of work that may take place during the online portion of the course. In preparing to begin a BL course, students should remember that even though there is a reduction in hours spent in the classroom, BL courses are not easier than regular courses. Students must take responsibility for their independent work, and should recognize that it is very difficult to catch up once one falls behind in online activities.

For questions about BL courses, please contact your instructor or Tamara Cupples, Executive Director of Online Learning and Academic Technologies, at [email protected]