Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started
Learn how to promote effective practice and pedagogy in blended learning on this vocational education training course.
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.
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.