A blended learning course combines on-site classroom instruction with an online learning component that is conducted via Blackboard and other out-of-class activities.
Blended learning classes meet once each week for two hours in the classroom and for two hours each week online at a time of the student’s choosing. The four hours do not include the time it will take to complete class assignments listed on the course syllabus. Students must complete course assignments by the specified due dates.
Blended learning is for students who wish to combine face-to-face instruction with online activities such as collaborative discussions, group projects, or other assignments. Successful blended learning students are:
Blended learning students should expect to spend between 2-3 additional hours online throughout the week. This time does not include regular coursework such as reading, writing, and studying.
Blended learning courses provide more flexibility in when you attend class than traditional on-site courses, but they require just as much dedication and focus on the learning process. The reward for the student comes from taking a more active, participatory role in the learning process. By engaging and collaborating with other students and the instructor on a regular basis in the classroom and online discussions, the blended learning student becomes an active contributor to the learning process.
1. Students are required to complete the Road to Success in Online Learning (RTS) before enrolling in a blended learning course. This is a prerequisite for all Berkeley College students prior to taking the required internship course. Taking it so that you can enroll in a blended learning course means that you will have fulfilled that requirement prior to your internship.
2. Students need to attend the weekly class session in person. Arriving on time, being prepared, and staying for the entire class session is imperative for the successful completion of the course.
3. Students need to log into their Blackboard course on a regular basis to contribute to discussions and other online activities, not just at regularly scheduled class times.
4. Students need to own or have access to a computer on a regular basis.
5. Students must have access to the Internet with sufficient bandwidth to handle large files and videos.
6. Students’ computers must have standard software packages such as Microsoft Office, an appropriate browser, access to the web, and appropriate levels of virus protection software. The full set of computer hardware and software requirements can be found on http://berkeleycollege.edu/Blackboard/Blackboard_Student_Documentation/system_requirements.htm
The skills you build and use in blended learning – organization, time management, and problem solving – are life skills that will benefit you in your study at Berkeley College, in your work, and in your personal life.
Contact your academic advisor to discuss blended learning courses and to enroll.
Please visit Course Schedules to see the current list of blended learning courses.