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For educators and other educational professionals.
The goal of the BLP MOOC is to introduce blended learning as an important and rapidly developing form of education, with an emphasis on the benefits it offers to both educators and students, including greater flexibility and convenience, as well as potential increases in learner creativity and independence.

The course has been designed to assist teachers and other educational professionals to adopt blended learning strategies through a step-by-step constructivist and design-based approach. Throughout the course, you will be able to reflect on decisions taken to provide an authentic learning experience in your own context. It will provide a general discussion of types of blended learning in reference to the level of education, the needs of the students, and the subject being taught. The discussions and associated activities will review pedagogy, materials, and technology usage.

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Week 1: Foundations of Blended LearningThe Growth of Blended Learning
What is blended learning?
Blended learning uses
Benefits of blended learning
Making blended learning work
Preparing for blended learning
Consider creation of individual blended learning designs
Purposefully integrate in-class and online activities
Preparing students for blended learning
Teaching principles that support blended learning
Week 2: Designing Blended LearningUsing theory to support blended learning practice
The Complex Adaptive Blended Learning System (CABLS)
The Community of Inquiry theoretical framework in blended learning
Creating a Community of Inquiry: What the research tells us
Seven blended learning structures in education
Blended learning as technology-enabled learning in the classroom
Institutions and blended learning
Understand enticers and barriers to blended learning
Peer-review instructional design and blended course development plans
Writing learning objectives and learning outcomes
Consider how subject matter may influence blended learning
Student needs assessment
Aligning assessment and learning objectives
Week 3: Technology and Blended LearningTechnology in education: An expanded definition
A note on technological change and obsolescence
Learning management systems
Web conferencing
Digital textbooks
Blogs and wikis
Social bookmarking, mashups, and digital storytelling
Simulations, serious games, and virtual worlds
Learning management systems and virtual learning environments
Creating learning activities based on blended learning best practices
Week 4: Blended and Online Learning PracticeSynchronous activities for blended learning
Examples of synchronous activities for models of blended learning
Asynchronous activities for blended learning
Asynchronous activities for models of blended learning
Practical implications of synchronous and asynchronous activities
Customize for context and learning design
Finding, using, and creating open educational resources (OER)
Useful sources of OER
Learning assessment strategies available in blended learning
Evaluating design and delivery of blended learning
Blended course learnability evaluation checklist
Community of Inquiry indicators to assess presence in blended learning


DR. MARTHA CLEVELAND-INNES is professor and Master of Education program director in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada. She has been teaching over thirty-five years in all areas of education, face-to-face and online. Martha has received awards for her work on the student experience in online environments and holds a major research grant through the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. In 2011 she received the Craig Cunningham Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2009 she received the President’s Award for Research and Scholarly Excellence from Athabasca University. She is currently Affiliated Professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work is well published in academic journals in North America and Europe.

DAN WILTON has twenty years' experience as an online instructor and is a doctoral student in distance education at Athabasca University, where he provides web initiative development and research assistance for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. As Course Inspirer and lead facilitator for the BLP MOOC, he will be working closely with the course facilitators to help monitor course activity, address any general questions or concerns, and provide guidance and suggestions based upon the feedback and progress of the class.


Dr. Martha Cleveland-Innes, Course Instructor and Professor, Athabasca University
Dan Wilton, Course Inspirer, Athabasca University
Dr. Sanjaya Mishra, e-Learning Education Specialist, Commonwealth of Learning
Carmen Jensen-Tebb, Project Manager, Athabasca University
Dr. Nathaniel Ostashewski, Researcher and Associate Professor, Athabasca University

Leading Change in Teaching and Learning for a Digital World (LCTL) is a massive open online course for those interested in shaping, leading, and supporting innovative application of digital tools and technologies during teaching and learning. This course will engage you in the review, discussion, and application of leadership ideas that support new teaching and learning practices. These leadership approaches and teaching and learning practices are aligned with the digital transformation that is shaping our societies. Upon completion of this course, you will understand and have a plan to apply general leadership approaches toward education change in digital, technology-enabled teaching and learning environments.

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LTLO: Learning to Learn Online
Starts 11 September 2022
Explore the fundamentals of the learning process and various models of online courses to determine your learning preferences and which forms of online learning are best for you.
Registration is open.

LCTL: Leading Change in Teaching and Learning for a Digital World
Starts 16 October 2022
LCTL is a course for those interested in shaping, leading, and supporting innovative application of digital tools and technologies during teaching and learning.
Registration is open.

DCOI: Designing for Communities of Inquiry in Online Courses
Starts 12 March 2023
DCOI explores the why and how of using the Community of Inquiry framework as the basis for developing and teaching high quality online and blended courses.
Registration is open.

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