Blending your education

This course is about how to design and develop blended education and teaching (a deliberate combination of online and offline learning activities). Based on what we've learned from COVID Teaching and in the EMBED project you will apply concepts to adapt to a more inclusive and engaging blended learning experience, through guidelines and pedagogies leading to mature and high-quality education.  

By the end of the course you will be able to: 

  • Design, develop, and offer a blended course for campus students, incorporating best practices, experiences, and learning theories 
  • Redesign courses to be more inclusive and engaging based on what we learned from COVID experiences in teaching 
  • Implement blended learning solutions for your own situation using the EMBED model 
  • Evaluate your course and create a course improvement plan 

The course has a modular structure and will be designed in alignment with the needs of universities, strong educational concepts and relevant learning objectives.  

Who should take this course? 

This course is designed for anyone involved in digital campus course and curriculum development and for leaders steering this process, encouraging or promoting blended learning. 

Course details

  • Start date:

                                                                            March 2022

  • Fee:

                                                                                       None

  • Enrollment open until:

                                                       4 July 2022

  • Length:

                                                                                 16 weeks total, 7 modules 

  • Effort (Session every two weeks):

                                    3-5 hours every 2 weeks, including 1 live

  • Enrollment requirements:

                                                 None

  • Expected Prior Knowledge:

                                              Basic knowledge of your own LMS

  • Max. number of participants:

                                            No limit

  • Instructor(s):

                                                                          drs. Naomi Wahls 

Course overview

The course will cover different themes in 7 modules with a range of videos, articles, quizzes, discussions, synchronous sessions and other interactive activities. Any module can be taken independently, although we advise you to follow the course sequence. 

Getting started

In the first module of this course, you will learn the definition of Blended Teaching and learningwhen Blended Learning is an added valuehow Blended Learning fits in a course design and what the differences are between a traditional face-to-face (F2F) setting and Blended Learning. 

Is your course ready to be blended?

After getting adjusted to the course and having met your peers, you will analyse barriers and possibilities for blended education in your own institution. The EMBED model will be introduced with its four different dimensions. You will start with a course improvement plan based on the EMBED model, analyzing the needs of students, knowing and setting expectations, exploring the environment (Multi campus Education, International Collaboration) and exploring the facilities available to you.  

Plan your course design

Based on your course improvement plan, you will learn how to determine Learning Objectives (LOs) using constructive alignment, plan media based on learning objectives, determine assessments connected to the learning objectives and you will be able to decide between synchronous and asynchronous delivery in your learning activities. 

The Course Design Process dimension in the EMBED model will be used as a basis for creating your course improvement plan. 

Prepare and teach your course

In this module you will learn how to engage and motivate students. You will explore options such as game-based learning and storytelling. Additionally, you will be guided into making deliberate choices in designing inclusive learning activities and learning experiences. You will also focus on student readiness, student learning, study load, student engagement, motivation and supporting students in overcoming failure. The Course experience dimension in the EMBED model will be highlighted in this module. 

Build your blended course

After you complete your course design, you will then begin to build your course inside a course shell within your own Learning Management System (LMS). During this stage, you will find and create and/or reuse (openly licensed) content, consider how to make your content interactive, and decide which tools to utilize according to situations that arise (See Selection of tools in EMBED Model. The Course Flexibility dimension in the EMBED model will be highlighted in this module. 

Teach your blended course

By now you are feeling prepared to teach your course. This module focuses on how to deliver the content, specifically how you will communicate with learners and encourage them to participate and complete your course. Common challenges that you can be faced with when offering a new course in new ways will be explored. You will learn what you can do if you need to adjust your course on the fly based on learner input. The Course Interaction dimension in the EMBED model will be highlighted in this module. 

Evaluate and improve your course

In this final module you will focus on how to evaluate and improve your course. You will make a plan of what you need to change or edit for future course runs. This module wraps up the course by relooking at what you’ve learned thus far and considering what and how you will implement what you’ve learned in your own settings. Beyond your course, you can begin to consider how to encourage Blended Learning at your own institute. 

Certificate of attendance

After completing the course you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Contact

If you have any questions about this course, please let us know via this contact form. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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