Approaches to blended learning


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Blended Learning Approaches to blended learning


Leah Holroyd: Author

Leah Holroyd is an Educational Designer at the University of Canberra (UC) in Australia. In this role, she works to promote good practice models of teaching and learning, with a particular focus on flexible and online learning and emerging technologies. Leah is also involved in the design and delivery of professional development programmes for academic staff at UC and project managed the development of a new and highly flexible Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education. Previously she held the role of Senior Learning Consultant at Epigeum, working with universities around the world to achieve successful implementation of Epigeum's online courses. Leah advised institutions on all aspects of implementation – pedagogical, technical, administrative and organisational – to support the development of tailored strategies designed to promote participation and engagement. Before this, Leah was part of Epigeum's editorial team and worked on the instructional design and content curation of a number of online programmes, including University and College Teaching.


Professor Mark Brown: Lead advisor

Mark Brown is Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University (DCU). Before taking up this position and Ireland's first Chair in Digital Learning, Mark was Director of the National Centre for Teaching and Learning at Massey University in New Zealand. Over the last decade, Mark has played key leadership roles in the implementation of several major university-wide blended learning initiatives. Mark serves on several international journal editorial boards and has published extensively in the areas of online, blended and digital learning. He is an executive committee member of the European Distance and e-Learning Network (EDEN), chairs the Teaching and Learning Committee of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU), and is a past President of the New Zealand Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (DEANZ). Before moving to the Republic of Ireland he was also Treasurer of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite). Mark is a recipient of a National Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching and remains a member of the New Zealand Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence.


Neil Currant: Reviewer

Neil Currant is Principal Lecturer in Educational Development at the Oxford Centre of Staff and Learning Development and course leader for the PGCert in Teaching in Higher Education at Oxford Brookes University. Neil has been teaching online for over a decade and currently leads on two open online courses in Teaching in Higher Education. He has worked on a number of JISC- and HEA-funded projects investigating the use of technology-enhanced learning (ELP, ELP2, IPAD).

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Course highlights include:

  • Detailed case studies on different aspects of blended approaches to teaching and learning
  • Video interviews with academics and teaching assistants/students discussing the success and challenges of specific approaches to blended learning
  • Practical tips on the use of video resources in a blended course
  • The opportunity to reflect on how you might collaborate with other colleagues when producing resources for blended learning.

The Blended Learning programme has been developed in conjunction with the following institutions:

  • Bournemouth University, UK
  • Federation University Australia, Australia
  • Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait
  • Institute of Technology Sligo, Republic of Ireland
  • Limerick Institute of Technology, Republic of Ireland
  • Mary Immaculate College, Republic of Ireland
  • Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway
  • University of Canberra, Australia
  • University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland
  • University of Newcastle, Australia
  • University of Ottawa, Canada.