Blended Learning: Issues, Research, and Institutional Planning

Updated: 12:17pm, 27 Oct, 2022
22 June 2006 (Thu)
Room 101, 1/F., Runme Shaw Building, The University of Hong Kong
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This seminar is co-organized by the Centre for Information Technology in Education (CITE) and the HKU Knowledge Team This seminar will highlight the work of the Sloan Consortium ( in promoting quality in the development of blended learning courses and programs in higher education. Over the past three years, the Consortium with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has sponsored a series of workshops/conferences on blended learning concentrating on issues such as definitions, models, research, best practices, and institutional planning. This presentation will frame the work of the Consortium on blended learning within the larger context of the evolution of the online learning movement in higher education. Special attention will be given to blended learning as the "sleeping giant" of online instruction -- and not just as an outcome but as a method of faculty/course development. With the help of a light touch, faculty can work collaboratively to share the resources that go into blended learning in ways that give them ownership and eschew expensive incentives and support as well as mandates and directives. Models will be provided of this "grass roots" means of having faculty proceed by (and largely develop their own) models. Further details on the topics to be discussed can be found at the website for the 2006 Blended Learning Workshop held in Chicago at: ( ) Specific presentations 10:00 AM Blended learning: models and lessons learnt from CUNY -- examples, implications for institutional strategies, and issues of institutional leadership in planning for technology.
Professor Anthony G. Picciano. 11:00 AM Developing and maintaining digital resources to support learning and teaching in higher education.
Professor George Otte.

About the speaker(s):

Dr Anthony G. Picciano Anthony G. Picciano is a professor in the graduate program in Education Leadership at Hunter College. He is also a member of the faculty for the Ph.D. program in Urban Education and the program in Interactive Pedagogy and Technology at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He has thirty-six years of experience in education administration and teaching, and has been involved in a number of major grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, IBM, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In 1998, Dr. Picciano co-founded CUNY Online, a multi-million dollar initiative funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that provides support services to faculty using the Internet for course development. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of the Sloan Consortium. His major research interests are school leadership, Internet-based teaching and learning, and multimedia instructional models. Dr. Picciano has authored numerous articles and seven books including Data-Driven Decision Making for Effective School Leadership (2006, Pearson), Educational Leadership and Planning for Technology, 4th Edition (2005, Pearson), Distance Learning: Making Connections across Virtual Space and Time (2001, Pearson), and Educational Research Primer (2004, Continuum).

Dr George Otte Coming out of an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at Stanford in the early eighties, George Otte became a director of writing programs, and was co-chair, for ten years, of the CUNY Association of Writing Supervisors. More recently, he served as Baruch College's Executive Director of Enrichment Programs, which included presiding over high school outreach and communication-across-the-curriculum programs. He has been Director of Instructional Technology for the City University of New York (CUNY) since 2001 and is also a member of the doctoral faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center (in the Ph.D. Programs in English, Urban Education, and Technology & Pedagogy). From 2000-2002, he chaired the University Task Force for Educational Technology and currently co-chairs CUNY's Steering Committee for Online Resources and Education. A member of the CUNY IT Steering Committee since its inception, he chairs the annual CUNY IT Conference, now going into its fifth year. He is the Academic Director of the CUNY Online Baccalaureate Program.

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