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Wednesday, June 22 • 14:45 - 15:35
CON03.07 - Transitioning to Blended Teaching: The Successes and Challenges of an Institutional Initiative

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Transforming how we are teaching, especially when transitioning from a lecture based format to a more blended one using various forms of instructional technology is a challenging endeavour. To support professors in the way courses are designed and taught, the Teaching and Learning Support Service at the University of Ottawa has been responsible for putting together a professional development program aimed at designing effective blended courses. Based on the works of Fink & Knight Fink (2009), Garrison & Vaughan (2011), and Wiggins & McTighe (2005), we have designed a program to meet the needs of professors interested in transforming their teaching by including enhanced use of technologies available for learning at the university level. The goal of this interactive workshop is to share the model we have implemented, discuss the successes and the challenges we have faced, and gather suggestions for improvement based on the experiences of other institutions with similar professional development programs.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • describe the components of a large scale blended learning development program;

  • discuss the successes and challenges of a variety of approaches to training for blended learning;

  • evaluate the implications for practice within one’s own institution.


Fink, D. L. & Knight Fink, A. (Eds.). (2009). Designing Courses For Significant Learning: Voices of experience. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Garrison, D.R. & Vaughan, N.D. (2011). Blended Learning in Higher Education: Framework, Principles, and Guidelines. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Wiggins, G. & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by Design (2nd Ed.). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.


Nancy Vezina

Nancy Vézina is the Educational Programs Manager at the University of Ottawa's Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS). She has worked in the university environment for more than 20 years. At the TLSS, she is responsible for various projects related to university teaching, such... Read More →

Wednesday June 22, 2016 14:45 - 15:35 EDT
UCC 60