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Blended Learning Essentials: Embedding Practice

This is the second part of a course for the Vocational Education and Training sector to promote effective use of blended learning.


  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, starting from when you join
  • No certificate


  • Unlimited access to the course for as long as it exists on FutureLearn
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Blended Learning Essentials: Embedding Practice

Why join the course?

This is the second of the Blended Learning Essentials courses, which builds on the content of the ‘Getting Started’ course.

This ‘Embedding Practice’ course covers issues such as learning from experience, tackling difficult challenges with the help of blended learning, and making blended learning affordable.

If you are working in further education, skills training, vocational education, workplace learning, lifelong learning or adult education, the course is designed to support you as a professional who wants to use blended learning to make more effective use of technology to support your learners.

Over 35,000 VET leaders, teachers, trainers and educators have participated in the Blended Learning Essentials courses so far. The courses have been well received by the sector, with 90% of surveyed participants commenting that they:

  • were excellent or good;

  • gave them a greater awareness of tools and technologies to support blended learning;

  • helped them improve their skills and practice.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • integrate new technologies into courses, and learning and training opportunities;

  • propose ways in which new technology can help to address key challenges in the VET sector;

  • develop your own skills further and contribute to the sector’s community knowledge of the optimal uses of blended learning.

This course has been created with the generous funding of the Ufi Charitable Trust.

Learn together with your colleagues in the vocational education and training sector

This online course will be supported by a group of dedicated Digital Champions. They will help you connect with teaching and training professionals who understand the practical, everyday challenges of using blended learning in your sector. This way you will have access to colleagues with the experience to answer questions, to discuss ideas and share problems.

Start learning with part 1: Getting Started

This course is run in two parts. Ideally, to take the Embedding Practice course, you will have previously taken the Getting Started course, although it is not essential.


The course offers peer assessment of assignments and the curriculum is mapped to accreditation frameworks including CMALT.

As a course participant you have a number of ways to gain professional recognition and accreditation for participating in the course and as a next step in your professional development including:

  • Certified CPD hours for all participants who complete the course and purchase a FutureLearn Certificate of Achievement;

  • Accreditation via professional bodies for participants who seek wider recognition of their professional practice;

  • Paths to post-graduate qualifications for participants whom the course inspires to further study. For full information, please see the guide for participants.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsThese are all examples of learning in action. These young people are engaged in problem solving, making decisions, being creative, learning from mistakes. This is what learning should be like, and all these examples are triggered by digital technologies. Of course, not all learning can be done with technology. Sometimes learners need to be working with teachers, with each other, practicing their manual skills, or social skills, or business skills, and sometimes, just quietly reading and thinking. That's why using technologies is called blended learning. In this course, we will look at the optimal blend of technology-based and conventional methods. Many practitioners in the vocational education and training sector now use blended learning, but it's not easy.

Skip to 1 minute and 3 seconds The technology keeps changing, strategies and policies change, employers want a more responsive curriculum, and VET practitioners are having to learn these new digital skills whilst also carrying on doing the teaching and the training. The focus all through the course is on how technology can help with meeting the challenges you face as a professional. Can it offer more flexibility? Does it encourage independent learning? Is it cost effective? Can we improve assessment and feedback? Does it increase workload? How can we use it to be more responsive to learner's needs and employer's demands? During the course, you'll be watching and interacting with other professionals in the sector to find out what they do.

Skip to 1 minute and 53 seconds That's the best way to keep pace with all the exciting opportunities the digital world can offer to educators. You can study the course in around four hours a week using your desktop computer or mobile device. So please join us, and discover what it takes for blended learning to be embedded in your everyday practice.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Apply new technologies in courses and learning opportunities to improve learner outcomes.
  • Identify ways in which new technology can contribute to solve key challenges in your learning context.
  • Develop your own skills further and contribute to the VET sector’s community knowledge of the optimal uses of blended learning.

Who is the course for?

The course is free to attend and open to all. It is particularly aimed at anyone working in the Vocational Education and Training sector. Whether you are directly supporting learners or delivering training, or managing courses, this course will help you use blended learning more effectively.

Time commitment

The course is designed to be completed in around 4 hours per week. All activities have recommended times and there are plenty of resources and activities for you to explore further if you’d like to do more on a particular topic. You can join the course at any time as the resources are always available.

Who will you learn with?

Diana Laurillard

Chair of Learning with Digital Technology, London Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education. Developing an international community of teachers around the Learning Designer

Neil Morris

Director of Digital Learning and Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Leeds. For more information see:

Who developed the course?

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £59.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.