With today’s generations now fully immersed in a Web 2.0 world, expectations and assumptions about modes of learning and communication have changed dramatically from the days of classroom-only instruction.
In addition, the manner in which business is conducted today involves web and technology as requisite forms of communication and information transfer. Enabling students to master current technologies during business school better prepares them in the practical aspects of doing business in the real world.
In keeping with the times and with student expectations, the Graziadio School has developed several blended learning initiatives that integrate online and in-class instruction to enhance learning and student-faculty interaction.
“Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.”
– Bill Gates
Using a combination of synchronous (students and professor meeting online in real time) and asynchronous (students accessing information or communicating online according to their own schedule), the Graziadio School’s Blended Learning Faculty Fellows are committed to enhancing student learning and interaction through a series of online tools. Some of these tools include videoconferencing, social media, document sharing applications, and online collaborative spaces.
MSOD: A Blended Learning Pilot
The Graziadio School’s Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) program is our first degree program to holistically adopt blended learning as part of its course delivery. The two-year program combines six face-to-face class sessions with integrated online learning and interaction woven in between sessions.
The blended model makes it possible for OD practitioners across the globe to participate in this highly esteemed program. It also greatly reduces our carbon footprint by lowering consumption of fossil fuels spent on travel.
Regardless of the learning environment, whether online or face-to-face, the Graziadio School believes the professor remains ultimately responsible for motivating, communicating, and ensuring that learning takes place with each student. Technology is simply one of many tools that help faculty members achieve that goal.
The following is a list of the Blended Learning Faculty Fellows at the Graziadio School, a collective of faculty members that have elected to incorporate blended learning initiatives into their courses.