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The Basics of Asynchronous/Synchronous Blended Learning (5/2 - 5/18/12)

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Teaching an asynchronous/synchronous blended class not only involves the use of technology, but it also involves the understanding of foundational elements: the how, when and what of eLearning. This first course in this blending learning workshop series explores the “how” and “when” foundational elements through basic online learning engagement, current online learning research and basic course construction concepts. This online workshop, hosted by The Sloan Consortium.


Registration Deadline: 12:00pm on Monday, April 30, 2012

Workshop: May 2 - May 18, 2012

  • Start Time - May 2nd at 12pm ET. Please introduce yourself and begin reviewing materials
  • Workshop Orientation - May 2nd at 4pm EST
  • Workshop Officially Closes - May 18th. All workshop materials will be available for one year

Learning Objectives:

  •     Compare in person vs. online teaching, including expectations, role adjustments, & course design
  •     Apply the principles of effective participation through chat and discussion
  •     Use synchronous and asynchronous technologies
  •     Prepare for managing online classes, workload and resources

Resources Provided:

  1.     A Logitech Headset
  2.     Presentations, readings, links, discussion threads and other materials, viewable online for 1 year
  3.     1 hour live workshop orientation
  4.     1 hour live panel discussion - Participation in live Q&A
  5.     Access of viewing of recorded live sessions  for 1 year


Carol Johnson, The Virtual School of Music
Carol Johnson serves as a consultant for Sloan-C and is the Director of The Virtual School of Music, an innovative and technologically-based online music school. She is an active technology educator and musician throughout North and South America. Her previous university teaching appointments include Belmont University, Nashville, TN and Taylor University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, as well as various K-12 public school positions. Currently, Ms. Johnson is completing her Doctor of Musical Arts in e-learning technology. An established educational writer, Ms. Johnson has published numerous music book series for elementary through professional music students.

Frequently Ask Questions:


Where is the workshop?

These workshops hosted by Sloan-C will be delivered solely online. Click here for an example of how the live sessions are conducted online

Is there any cost for me (or my department) to participate?

These workshops are solely sponsored by the Distance Education Department at USI. There is no cost to you or your department for you to participate the workshops. However, seats are limited - it is on a first come first served basis and the full time faculty members have reservation priorities.

Where can I view all the workshop options and how do I Sign up?

Please go to to register. To learn more about these workshop, please click on the red "learn more" link at

What kind of equipment do I need?

You will need to have access to a computer with High Speed Internet connection and a headset everyday during the workshop period. The Distance Learning Office will provide each faculty participant a headset.

The workshop usually runs two weeks long. Do I need to meet the class every day? How much time commitment is required to participate?

These workshops usually involve one hour live session for orientation andone hour live session for panel discussion. The rest of the learning activities will be conducted using asynchronous communication tools just like how faculty would teach an online class.  Thus, no specific date/time is required for participation except the live sessions.  

All the live sessions will be recorded, so participants who cannot join the live meetings can watch the recordings later. Specific learning objective/outcome is determined for each week. You will probably spend 3-5 hours per week to participate depending on the weekly tasks assigned. The workshop participants will follow the instructions to access provided learning materials while engaging online discussions with other learners. Since these workshops are not conducted in the traditional format (instructor centered), self-motivated learning collaboration will be encouraged and reinforced.

There will be lots discussions between participants throughout the workshop period. It is highly recommended that every faculty participant login to the course site once a day or at least 5 times a week, so you can follow (fully participate) the class discussion throughout the learning period.




Have questions about The Basics of Asynchronous/Synchronous Blended Learning (5/2 - 5/18/12)? Contact The Distance Learning Office at USI


The Distance Learning Office at USI

Workshop provided by Sloan Consortium and sponsored by the Distance Learning Office at USI. For more information, please contact us at (812) 228-5124 or email to Thanks!

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