As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers around the world were obliged to implement new ways of teaching and learning in distance and classroom settings. Accordingly, blended learning, the meaningful combination of learning at a distance and in school, through a careful choice of different tools and strategies, is becoming increasingly common in schools. The benefits of blended learning have been long recognised and go beyond the immediate needs created by the pandemic. Blended learning provides teachers more opportunities to personalise the learning process of their students and can thereby increase their autonomy, motivation and self-direction. Blended learning can therefore be an important step towards a competence-based education where the learner stands at the centre of an active learning process.

The Bridging Distance and In-School Learning Blended Learning in Practice MOOC will demonstrate these benefits and help teachers to design and plan for blended learning as part of their usual practice. The MOOC will help teachers realise the pedagogical opportunities of adopting a blended learning model in their practice and get a better understanding of the way it can facilitate their efforts towards developing student-centred learning.

In this course, you will:

  • Understand the purpose, process and benefits of blended learning
  • Discover how the different models of blended learning can support your learning objectives
  • Explore tools and strategies for implementing blended learning in your teaching and learning processes
  • Plan for the implementation of a blended learning scenario with your students

 

You can follow the course at your own pace; we will open one module at the beginning of each week, but the only deadline you need to pay attention to is in the last module. The language of communication is English.

To get the most out of the course, you can join the Facebook group or share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #blendedlearningMOOC.

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List of modules

Module 1: Explore Blended Learning

Start date: 29/03/2021 12:00

End date: 05/05/2021 23:59

Module 2: Designing and Planning for Blended Learning

Start date: 05/04/2021 12:00

End date: 05/05/2021 23:59

Module 3: Implementing Blended Learning

Start date: 12/04/2021 12:00

End date: 05/05/2021 23:59

Module 4: Blended Learning in Practice

Start date: 19/04/2021 12:00

To join the course, please first register or log in to the School Education Gateway.

Start date

Monday, 29 March 2021

End date

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Duration

The course runs for 5,5 weeks with a total number of 4 modules (one module per week), including 1.5 grace week at the end of the course. The estimated workload is 3-4 hours per week.

Target audience

The course targets any classroom practitioner who wants to introduce a blended learning model into their practice. This course provides an introduction to the topic.

Certification

You will receive a course badge and a course certificate if you complete the full course: this means you have to visit all sections and complete the final peer assessment activity before the deadline.

All badges can be exported to the Badgr Backpack. You can get your certificate formally accredited if you live in Portugal; in Emilia-Romagna, Italy; and in Castilla y León, Spain. Find out how to apply for accreditation.

Course Moderators

Angeliki Kougiourouki
Efi Saltidou
Natalia Tzitzi