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Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started

A free course for the Vocational Education and Training sector to promote effective practice and pedagogy in blended learning.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

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  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started

Why join the course?

This course is designed to help anyone teaching or supporting learning in the vocational education and training sector understand the benefits of blended learning and how to use technology effectively to support learners. Supported by a group of Digital Champions, you will connect with teaching and training professionals who understand the practical challenges of using blended learning. You will be aware of the importance of being able to blend digital methods into your teaching. These methods will help your learners become familiar with the digital workplaces they will be joining.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsWhy is there such interest now in using learning technologies? Well, this course will explain that, whatever your role in vocational education and training. The course is about blended learning, which means using the most appropriate learning technologies alongside our usual teaching methods. We'll be giving you practical support and advice on making the best use of technology for your learners. To help you answer questions such as, which technology should I use in my context, and does learning technology really help to improve learners' success? I believe it gives teachers the tools that they need to develop their digital technological skills. It gives them the opportunity to be ahead of their learners and engage them more in their lessons.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 seconds In this digital age, it's very important that we've got the ability to facilitate and deliver a message across a variety of media. And by doing this course, this will help us achieve that end. The course runs online. And it's free and open to anyone. So it's very easy to access at any time. It's been designed especially for professionals in the vocational education and training sector. So it covers a wide range of educational settings, and all kinds of learners with a variety of expectations and needs. The whole point of using digital technology is to improve your learners' success. It can be motivating, so it keeps them focused. It can support their independent learning when the teacher or trainer isn't there.

Skip to 1 minute and 35 secondsAnd being online, it's very flexible. So whether you're a complete beginner, occasional dabbler, or expert user of learning technologies, this course has something to offer you. You'll gain knowledge and skills through videos of good practise, guided practical activities, discussion with other participants, and through trying out how it works in your own learning context. Digital technologies are improving teaching and learning for students by expanding the classroom, so that students can learn whenever, wherever they want to, basically 24/7. We've brought together some of the leading academics and practitioners in the vocational education and training sector. So we make sure it's based on the real experience of making technology work.

Skip to 2 minutes and 22 seconds And we've built this innovative course around the key challenges currently facing teachers, tutors, and trainers in the sector. Studying the course is easy. You can do it in around three hours a week using your computer or mobile device. And what's more, once you sign up for the course, you'll have permanent access to the resources and activities. And then you can use them in your own local professional development, as well as for supporting your learners. Please join us and discover the essentials of what it takes to make the best use of blended learning.

What topics will you cover?

  • Definitions of blended learning.
  • The impact of digital technology on teachers and learners.
  • Pedagogical theories and teaching approaches that underpin blended learning, including constructivism, social constructivism, and problem-based learning.
  • Digital technologies available to support blended learning in formal and informal learning scenarios.
  • The role of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and how to use them effectively for blended learning.
  • The role of open tools in blended learning.
  • Open educational resources (OERs): what they are, how they can be used, and where to find them.
  • Processes for blended learning design, including curriculum and instructional design. The role of the DADDIE model in planning and evaluating blended learning. Story-telling and story-boarding techniques for developing digital learning.
  • The role of assessment in the curriculum design process. Different approaches for using technology to support assessment and feedback.
  • The benefits and challenges of ‘flipped’ learning. Approaches to designing a flipped lesson.
  • Collaboration in blended learning, including the use of discussion forums, synchronous collaboration, and social media.
  • How to design and review a blended learning activity.
  • The digital skills learners need to equip them for the modern workplace, and how learners can be supported in developing these skills.
  • The importance of inclusive teaching practices. The value of making education and training more accessible for learners.
  • The demand for flexible learning, and the role of digital technology in making teaching and learning more flexible.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify ways in which new technology can contribute to the difficult challenges facing the VET, FE and Skills sector.
  • Evaluate the many free or affordable tools now available to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Apply your knowledge of blended learning to develop training materials using appropriate technologies.
  • Evaluate a variety of effective blended learning approaches and apply the most suitable to your delivery in order to improve the learners' experience and attainment.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at everyone working in further education, skills training, vocational education, workplace learning and lifelong learning or adult education. Whether you are directly supporting learners or delivering training, this course will help you use blended learning more effectively.

You can continue learning with Blended Learning Essentials: Embedding Practice which will run on various dates in 2017.

Who will you learn with?

Diana Laurillard

Chair of Learning with Digital Technology, Knowledge Lab, UCL IOE.
Developing a global community of teachers around the Learning Designer

Twitter: @thinksitthrough
https://twitter.com/thinksitthrough

Neil Morris

Director of Digital Learning and Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Leeds. For more information see: http://www.education.leeds.ac.uk/people/academic/morris

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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.

Founded in 1902, as a teacher training college in London, the IOE is now a world-class research and teaching institution.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service: This course has been accredited by the CPD Certification Service, which means it can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development.

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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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