Five College Consortium

Five College Blended Learning Initiative

Defining Blended Learning

Blended learning enriches the experiences of learners and faculty members alike. Supplementing face-to-face interaction with self-paced learning that can occur outside the classroom, it enables the development and delivery of innovative course content along with new ways of measuring student engagement and learning. Blended learning supports the educational experience in novel ways by:

  • Enhancing the classroom experience with online materials
  • Providing more time for in-depth classroom discussions
  • Enabling students to take ownership of their learning
  • Allowing faculty members to enrich their curriculum using any number of online components
  • Molding to any level of technological experience and learning style

Why Blend?

Why Blend?  Five College Blended Learning Summer Institute:  May 2016 

EVERYONE can blend!

  • Any level of technological experience, from tech-savvy to tech-shy
  • Any class size, from a small seminar to a large lecture course
  • Any teaching/learning style, from visual to text-based to experimental
  • Any level of curricular adaptation, from one component to the entire course

Project Leaders Per Campus 2014-2017

Infographic showing distribution of 46 blended learning project leaders in the Five College institutions between 2014 and 2017: 5 Amherst College, 8 Hampshire College, 9 Mount Holyoke College, 12 Smith College, 12 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Academic Fields Covered 2014-2017

Infographic of 12 fields of study covered in 22 blended learning courses between 2014 and 2017: 6 Language, 3 Art History and English, 2 Oral History, and 1 European Studies, Music,Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Public Policy