Blended and Online Learning

In 2013, the BL task force identified the following goals for BL at AUC :

1. Provide students with the experience of blended learning in order to develop their skills for lifelong learning and for the 21st-century global environment.
2. Expand graduate student recruitment by increasing flexibility of the schedule
3. Develop best practices for blended learning to ensure pedagogical integrity
4. Provide enhanced pedagogical innovation for AUC learning communities by offering diverse opportunities for student engagement
5. Build capacity to expand university outreach and future collaborations
6. Build solid foundations for future fully online distance learning programs


Timeline Blended Learning

Blended learning, also referred to as hybrid and mixed-mode instruction lacks a unified definition. AUC defines blended learning as a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It entails replacing a percentage of class time (between 20 percent and 50 percent) with online instruction. The percentage of online versus face-to-face instruction varies according to context.

Online learning at AUC is defined as a model of instruction that has no required face-to-face components and no requirements for on-campus activities. Purely online courses eliminate location as a factor for enrollment and participation. Critical interactions between student and content, student and peers, and student and instructor are accomplished wholly online.
CLT adheres to the following definitions adopted by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) — adapted to conform to AUC’s unique position as both an American and Egyptian institution.

In online learning, students do not meet face-to-face for instructional purposes, however, they might meet in person for orientation or assessment. On the other hand, in web-enhanced learning students meet face-to-face 100 percent of the time and the online component does not replace face-to-face meetings. Internet-based tasks and assignments are used as supplementary to class instruction. As for blended learning, online activities and interaction become integral to the learning and teaching process.

CLT will assist in designing implementing and evaluating your online course. The appointed instructional designer will guide the instructors with re-thinking their syllabus and their approach to the students' educational journey. Read More