Online, Blended, and Distance Education in Schools (Stylus, 2015)

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Using this Wiki in Class: Ideas for Professors


As a professor or professional in the field, please feel free to post your own Blog and Twitter posts about the book in Discussion at the bottom of this page, or at the bottom of a chapter page.

Each chapter's Wiki page includes four to five discussion/essay questions, additional resources, and the chapter references. All URLs are active links. Here are some ideas for using the Wiki in your course.

1. One option is to have your students discuss and/or write essay responses for one of more of the chapter questions in selected chapters, using a word processing application or your course LMS. Chapters might be selected to match specific course objectives.

2. Another option is to have students use Blogs and Twitter to write postings about what they are learning from the book. You might ask students to respond to selected chapter questions by posting their responses, responding to the responses of others, and posting new questions in blog posts and tweets. If you are unfamiliar with blogging and tweeting, you can review these resources.

3. A third option is to award learning badges to students who respond to chapter questions at different levels of inquiry. We have created learning badges and example criteria (see below). Blogging is the recommended communication method for badging, but other methods can also be used.
  • Feel free to save the badge images and award them to students who have met your badge earning criteria
  • You may include questions or challenges of your own creation, or revise the example badge criteria as you see fit.
  • You're encouraged to paste links to your students' badge completing blog posts in Discussion, at the bottom of this page.


Online Blended Learning Badges


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Online Blended Learning Policy Novice
(complete selected Issues Chapters 2 through 7 to earn the badge)
  • Select and skim four of the six issues chapters.
  • Complete the chapter questions listed at the end of each chapter.
  • For each chapter, write a short blog post summarizing what you’ve learned from the chapter and why you think the chapter topic is important in the educational context of your own state or nation.
  • Write a final post linking to your previous posts related to this badge and announcing your intent to have completed the badge.
  • Send a link to your final post to your professor.


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Online Blended Learning Policy Wonk
(complete selected Issues Chapters 2 through 7 to earn the badge)
  • Carefully read the four selected issues chapters.
  • For each chapter, find two scholarly resources (peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, etc.) and two other resources (videos, readings, podcasts, etc.) that provide additional information relevant to the chapter topic. Write a blog post that amplifies on your prior blog post about the chapter, giving inks to the additional resources and using them to advance your argument.
  • For one of the chapter topics, write a blog post proposing a research study that would served to validate or invalidate key assumptions of the topic as presented. Describe what you believe would be the ideal research setting, participants, data collection, and analysis methodologies.
  • Write a final post linking to your previous posts related to this badge and announcing your intent to have completed the badge.
  • Send a link to your final post to your professor.


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Online Blended Learning Practice Novice
(complete selected Case Study Chapters 8 through 16 to earn the badge)
  • Select and skim four of the eight case study chapters.
  • Complete the chapter questions listed at the end of each chapter.
  • For each chapter, write a short blog post summarizing what you’ve learned from the case study program and how what you've learned relates to programs in your own state or nation.
  • Write a final post linking to your previous posts related to this badge and announcing your intent to have completed the badge.
  • Send a link to your final post to your professor.


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Online Blended Learning Practice Master
(complete selected Case Study Chapters 8 through 16 to earn the badge)
  • Carefully read the four selected case study chapters.
  • For each chapter, find two scholarly resources (peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, etc.) and two other resources (videos, readings, podcasts, etc.) that provide additional information relevant to the case study topic. Write a blog post that amplifies on your prior blog post about the chapter, giving inks to the additional resources and using them to advance your argument.
  • Write a blog post proposing a case study that would serve to illustrate, explore, or study aspects of an important online, blended or distance program type or learning approach, in an educational setting with which you are familiar or which you are interested in learning more about. Explain why you think this educational case is important as a research topic and why it has implications for improving education.
  • Write a final post linking to your previous posts related to this badge and announcing your intent to have completed the badge.
  • Send a link to your final post to your professor.


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Online Blended Learning Researcher
  • Complete the Online Blended Learning Policy Novice, Policy Wonk, Practice Novice, and Practice Master Badges.
  • Carefully read the first and last chapters (Chapters 1 and 17).
  • Write a blog post about what you have learned from this book about the implications of the issues and case studies you have examined for policy and practice in your state or nation. Include discussion of the implications of at least one of the eight trends cited Chapter 17 for the future of online, blended, and distance education.
  • Send a link to your final Blog post to your professor.

Thanks to Dr. Darren Cannell of TADO Worldwide for the creation of these badges.