Developing and implementing a whole-course approach to blended learning

Orientation

Course introduction

Key takeaway: The key takeaway from this screen is:

Welcome to 'Developing and implementing a whole-course approach to blended learning'. The purpose of this course is to build on the 'first steps' that you may have taken by considering redesigning for blended learning on a whole course- or programme-wide basis. The course will look at the design fundamentals for blended learning, particularly at making a plan and engaging with a team to finalise a good approach. This course is designed to focus on practical application to help the participant develop a good understanding of the key elements of a long-term plan for integrating blended learning strategies into their course or programme.

Programme features

If this is the first Blended Learning course you have accessed, or if you need a brief reminder, here is some information on how the screens are organised, and some of the tools and features used throughout the whole programme.

Click on each tab to learn more about the features in this programme.

Screen duration

At the top of each screen you will see an icon showing the approximate time it will take to complete the core content. These estimates include time to watch videos and complete activities in the central section, but not to complete the additional 'Portfolio activities' or to read the supplementary information provided in the pods.

Please note that these time estimates are indicative only. As you work through the unit, gauge whether you are working more or less quickly than the estimates suggest, and modify your expectations accordingly.

Content
Pods
Portfolio activities

The centre of each screen, where you are now reading, contains the core content for each course, presented as text, interactive activities, images or videos.

On the right-hand side, you will see additional learning opportunities in 'pods'. They contain supplementary information, including video interviews, quotations, documents to download, useful advice, key terms and links to further reading. Exploring the information provided in the pods will enrich your learning experience.

Take particular note of the 'Portfolio activity' pods. These provide additional activities designed to help you reflect, apply your learning to your own context, and develop skills and practical plans at key points. Take the time to complete these activities and keep them as a record of what you have done. You can use the 'Download' pod on the right to download all the portfolio activities now, in preparation for going through the rest of the programme, or you can use the individual documents provided in each 'Portfolio activity' pod. We recommend that you complete the 'Portfolio activities' in order to enhance your learning experience.

Portfolio

The Blended Learning programme is designed to support you in developing a blended curriculum, and each course builds on the previous. For this reason we suggest working through the courses in the order presented. However, if you already have some experience of blended approaches and feel that you are better prepared in some areas, you might want to move through the screens and courses in the order that makes the most sense to you. This course on 'Developing and implementing a whole-course approach to blended learning' is of use to those who have already taken first steps to introduce blended learning in their teaching practice, and now wish to develop a blended approach across a whole course.

Download

Download the 'Developing and implementing a whole-course approach to blended learning' portfolio documents and instructions. The portfolio provides space to record your responses to every portfolio activity, in addition to drawing together all of the downloadable documents contained within the programme.