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Blended Learning Essentials for Vocational Education and Training

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Prepare your learners to succeed in the workplace by fostering digital skills through blended learning.

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University of LeedsUniversity of Leeds

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UCL Institute of EducationUCL Institute of Education

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The CPD Certification ServiceThe CPD Certification Service

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A comprehensive introduction to blended learning for teachers and trainers.

Technology has fundamentally changed how we learn, making it more engaging but also challenging. This ExpertTrack contains essential knowledge for teachers, trainers and managers who are developing blended learning and preparing learners to succeed in the workplace.

You’ll explore the main principles of blended learning, how to embed it in your practice, and how to use it more effectively, with real-world examples and teaching resources on offer throughout the ExpertTrack. Improving digital fluency in your learning practice will help you deliver lessons more effectively while building your learners’ digital skills in the process.

Adopt successful blending learning models in your classroom

Assess your readiness for blended learning with support from experienced digital champions - you’ll receive practical advice on how and when to adopt blended learning within your teaching.

Once you have a good understanding of the principles of blended learning, you’ll review a number of case studies from the sector to compare different implementations to find a version that suits your learning environment.

Enhance your range of teaching resources and technologies

Blended learning incorporates your virtual learning environment (VLE) but doesn’t stop there. You’ll be presented with a range of open tools and educational resources that you can incorporate into your teaching.

Extending your list of resources, as well as your skills in assessing and adopting them, means that you can pick and choose the right options for you and your learners at each stage of the journey.

Build your students’ digital skills

Digital skills are essential in today’s job market, so using this opportunity to build your learners’ digital literacy will increase their employability and effectiveness once they enter the world of work.

This ExpertTrack covers ways of teaching digital skills, as well as more in depth information on how to manage digital identities and information. You’ll even cover how to create and public digital content while considering copyright and licensing laws.

Foster independent learning and improved learning outcomes

Your learners can use this opportunity to build their independent learning skills, and you can facilitate a number of options for them to take more control of their learning approaches and styles. This improves their life-long learning outcomes and means that you can focus on the most important activities for their progression.

Key skills you will learn

  • Blended learning
  • Teaching online
  • Digital skills
  • VLE
  • Content creation
  • Vocational training

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Identify and evaluate a variety of effective blended learning approaches to improve learners' experience and attainment.
  • Develop ways in which new technology can contribute to the difficult challenges facing the FE and Skills sector
  • Achieve a greater awareness of the many free/affordable tools to enhance teaching and learning
  • Identify good practice in using digital tools for collecting evidence
  • Explain the potential in using digital tools for the End Point Assessment
  • Explore the role of the trainer in apprenticeships in the digital age
  • Describe the role of digital in preparing for a trainer’s or organisation’s readiness for the apprenticeship programme
  • Develop your learner's acquisition of the digital skills needed in the workplace
  • Apply knowledge of blended learning of new technologies into their future delivery

Experience required

To make the most of this ExpertTrack, it’s recommended that you have some experience with blended learning. It is suitable for a variety of working environments, including further education, skills, training, vocational training, workplace training, and lifelong learning.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack will help you whether you are directly supporting learners or delivering training - it will help you to use digital technology more effectively and make the most of blended learning principles and approaches. It is ideal for people who do not feel they are making the most of their digital toolkits, new teachers and trainers, or educators who would like to refresh their skills and get a full view of their digital options.

ExpertTrack course overview

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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World-class learning with University of Leeds

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.

World-class learning with UCL Institute of Education

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

This ExpertTrack is endorsed by The CPD Certification Service

Recognised for continuing professional development credit by the CPD Certification Service

Meet your instructors

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

Twitter: @thinksitthrough

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

I am a Senior Research Fellow in Digital Education in the School of Education at the University of Leeds.

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