Students today expect a relevant and engaging learning experience. Butler addresses that expectation by providing a variety of learning
opportunities. One of them is blended learning, the thoughtful fusion of traditional face-to-face classes with the power of the Web.
Essentially, blended learning represents a restructuring of contact hours - students meet up to 50% of the time in person and complete the
remaining coursework online.
Butler faculty understand the possibilities of the rich, engaging and meaningful activities blended learning affords. Participants in
blended classes need to be self-directed and motivated to succeed.
The frequency of class meetings vary by course (check the schedule for details). Outside the classroom, student will use the ANGEL Learning Management System to complete coursework. ANGEL contains tools for communication, testing, assignment submission, directions and instructor notes for each specific course.
Blended courses are subject to the school calendar. Although the course materials can be accessed at the student's convenience, there are deadlines for assignments and tests throughout the term. Blended courses are not self-paced, nor are they open-entry/open exit.
Spring 2013 Blended Schedule
Advantages of Blended Learning
- Less time spent traveling and lower fuel costs
- Course access at your convenience
- More opportunities for interaction with students and faculty
- Flexible completion of assignments (within given deadlines)
- Learning presented in a range of formats including text, audio and video
- Access to course material in case of absence
- Research indicates that students in a blended learning environment experience
Greater satisfaction and success
Blended learning is not for everyone. It is important to know your own learning style and preferences. And, whether you have the time and skill it takes to be successful in the blended environment.
There is a $45 technology fee for all Blended Learning classes