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Syllabus - Teaching in Online and Blended Classrooms

Course developer and facilitator:
Karen Fasimpaur

Preferred contact methods:
email: karen at k12opened dot com
chat or skype by appointment
online office hours - by appointment and on Tuesdays, 5pm EDT (2pm PDT)

We will have several synchronous web sessions. ** Please have headphones and a microphone if you'd like to participate **

Tues., Oct. 4, 5pm EDT (2pm PDT) - Webinar #1 -General conversation to get acquainted, share experiences, ask questions, exchange ideas, talk about collaborations, etc.

Tues., Oct. 11, 5pm EDT (2pm PDT) - Webinar #2 - Expert Panel - What works and what doesn't?
This webinar will include several online course facilitator experts and will give participants a chance to ask questions about what works best in online and blended learning.

Tues., Oct. 18, 5pm EDT (2pm PDT) -Topic to be determined

Tues., Oct. 25, 5pm EDT (2pm PDT) - Webinar #4 - Online learning showcase
This webinar will give participants a chance to show what they're working on and exchange ideas with others.

Hack this syllabus - Here is a copy of this syllabus in Google Docs. Please add comments about to what you would like to see changed in the syllabus. (Highlight a section and use Insert menu -> Comment.)

Also, if you'd like to create a customized syllabus for yourself with varied activities to meet your own goals, please do so by going to the File menu and selecting Make a Copy. Save with your own name, and share a link with us if you'd like.

Remember, P2PU is all about customizing the learning experience for your needs!

For each week's goals and tasks, see individual week's content for more detail.

Week 1 (Sept. 26-Oct. 2) - Creating your customized plan for this course


  • Get to know each other
  • Make your own plans for this course, including identifying the online instructional materials you will develop
  • Discuss possible team collaborations
  • Explore the benefits and challenges of blended and online instruction


  • Introduce yourself
  • Set your own objectives for participating in this course, including specifying the materials you will develop in this course
  • Identify others you might collaborate with

Week 2 (Oct. 3-9) - Thinking about effective instructional design for blended learning


  • Think about how learning goals, content, activities, instruction, learning, and assessment work together to make an effective instructional design and begin to formulate a design for your own materials
  • Identify the learning goals for the instructional materials you will develop in this course
  • Begin setting up the course that will house your materials


  • Think and write about your target learners and what instructional design elements might best serve them
  • Write learning goals for the instructional materials you will develop in this course
  • Set up your course in the platform of your choice (if you haven't already)

Week 3-6 (Oct. 10-Nov. 6) - Developing your online instructional materials


  • Develop your online instructional materials
  • Learn more about the following topics and apply them to your materials development
    • Content (especially open-licensed content that you can use in your course)
    • Deeper learning
    • Student engagement, including the use of Web 2.0 tools
    • Student-centered learning and learner independence
    • Differentiation
    • Assessment
    • Other topics of your choice
  • Collaborate with others to discuss these topics as they relate to your instructional environments and to evaluate your course materials and iteratively improve them


  • Work on your online instructional materials
  • Explore one or more of the special topics in this section and apply the information you learn to your own materials
  • Participate in collaborative sessions with others in the course to talk about what is working well for you and what is not and critique each others' course materials
  • Reflect on what you've learned and developed in this course

For participants taking this course for CEU credits

Credits will be given based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of tasks in the course, including posts on various topics
  • Completion of the online instructional materials you set out to design for this course. These materials will be evaluated with this rubric.

CEU credit is on a Pass/Fail basis.

If you have any questions about this, please contact the course organizer any time.

Task Discussion