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MDC's Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning: E-Learning

E-Learning Defined


Blended Learning is a form of eLearning that “blends” face-to-face teaching with online delivery. Roughly 30%-50% (about 5-8 weeks) of course instruction occurs online. The Teaching/Learning Center assists faculty members in incorporating new technologies into courses wherever appropriate.

"Disruptive innovations fundamentally transform a sector by replacing expensive, complicated, and inaccessible products or services with much less expensive, simpler and more convenient alternatives. Blended Learning is a disruptive innovation in education that can take many forms. Check out the infographic to learn more about what is blended learning, why it's spreading, and how it works in real and virtual classrooms."


Online courses provide 100% of course content and instruction online, or online in combination with one or two face-to-face intensives to provide community reinforcement, workshop time, and group critiques.

For the past few years online courses have been offered in the LAS Department during the summer. Assessments show that the quality of learning and student satisfaction is very good. These courses are great for students who need to return home for the summer, but still complete their degree. Spring 2017, Otis College began experimenting offering two online courses during the regular semester.


These courses use Instructional Technologies on a regular basis.

There are many instances where the use of appropriate technology in courses is beneficial to both faculty and students. In addition to O-Space and email, technologies used may include blogs, the DID, wikis, learning objects, video projects, Tumblr, Zoom, etc. This use of technology is overwhelmingly appreciated by students, 96% of whom have reported on surveys for several years that they like the use of appropriate technology in their courses.