Teaching in Blended Leaning Environments provides acoherent framework in which to explore the transformative concept ofblended learning. Blended learning can be defined as the organicintegration of thoughtfully selected and complementary face-to-face andonline approaches and technologies. A direct result of thetransformative innovation of virtual communication and online learningcommunities, blended learning environments have created new ways forteachers and students to engage, interact, and collaborate. The authorsargue that this new learning environment necessitates significant roleadjustments for instructors and generates a need to understand theaspects of teaching presence required of deep and meaningful learningoutcomes.Built upon the theoretical framework of the Community of Inquiry- the premise that higher education is both a collaborative andindividually constructivist learning experience - the authorspresent seven principles that provide a valuable set of tools forharnessing the opportunities for teaching and learning availablethrough technology. Focusing on teaching practices related to thedesign, facilitation, direction and assessment of blended learningexperiences, Teaching in Blended Learning Environmentsaddresses the growing demand for improved teaching in highereducation.Norman D. Vaughan is a professor in the Department ofEducation, Faculty of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal University.He is the co-author with D. Randy Garrison of Blended Learning inHigher Education. Martha Cleveland-Innes isprofessor and chair in the Center for Distance Education at AthabascaUniversity and guest professor of Technology-Enhanced Learning at theRoyal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. D. RandyGarrison is a professor in the Faculty of Education at theUniversity of Calgary. He has authored, co-authored, or edited ninebooks and over a hundred refereed articles/papers on the topics ofteaching and learning in higher and online learning contexts.
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