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



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Author: Norman D. VaughanMartha Cleveland-InnesD. Randy Garrison

Publisher: Au Press

Publish Date: 16 Jan 2014

ISBN-13: 9781927356470

Pages: 304

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Preface

Teaching in Blended Leaning Environments provides a
coherent framework in which to explore the transformative concept of
blended learning. Blended learning can be defined as the organic
integration of thoughtfully selected and complementary face-to-face and
online approaches and technologies. A direct result of the
transformative innovation of virtual communication and online learning
communities, blended learning environments have created new ways for
teachers and students to engage, interact, and collaborate. The authors
argue that this new learning environment necessitates significant role
adjustments for instructors and generates a need to understand the
aspects of teaching presence required of deep and meaningful learning
outcomes.

Built upon the theoretical framework of the Community of Inquiry
– the premise that higher education is both a collaborative and
individually constructivist learning experience – the authors
present seven principles that provide a valuable set of tools for
harnessing the opportunities for teaching and learning available
through technology. Focusing on teaching practices related to the
design, facilitation, direction and assessment of blended learning
experiences, Teaching in Blended Learning Environments
addresses the growing demand for improved teaching in higher
education.
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About the Author

Norman D. Vaughan is a professor in the Department
of Education, Faculty of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal
University. He is the co-author with D. Randy Garrison of Blended
Learning in Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2008).

Martha Cleveland-Innes is professor and chair in
the Center for Distance Education at Athabasca University and guest
professor in the Department of Learning at the Royal Institute of
Technology in Stockholm.

D. Randy Garrison is a professor in the Faculty of
Education at the University of Calgary. He has authored, co-authored,
or edited nine books and over a hundred refereed articles/papers on the
topics of teaching and learning in higher and online learning
contexts.
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Table of Contents

Teaching in Blended Leaning Environments provides a coherent framework in which to explore the transformative concept of blended learning. Blended learning can be defined as the organic integration of thoughtfully selected and complementary face-to-face and online approaches and technologies. A direct result of the transformative innovation of virtual communication and online learning communities, blended learning environments have created new ways for teachers and students to engage, interact, and collaborate. The authors argue that this new learning environment necessitates significant role adjustments for instructors and generates a need to understand the aspects of teaching presence required of deep and meaningful learning outcomes.
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