December 22, 2014

A new MOOC on how to do blended learning

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UCF BlendKit

Kelly, R. (2014) EDUCAUSE and UCF launching blended learning MOOC Campus Technology, 3 April

EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida are offering a free MOOC called ‘BlendKit2014 – Becoming a Blended Learning Designer‘, which will run initially from April 21 to May 27.

It is aimed primarily at faculty and instructional designers, will come away with best practices for developing design documents, content pages and peer review feedback tools. In particular it will offer:

  1.  a consideration of key issues related to blended learning and
  2. practical step-by-step guidance in producing materials for a blended course (e.g., developing design documents, creating content pages, and receiving peer review feedback at one’s own institution).

The course was developed and will be taught by two staff members from the UCF Center for Distributed Learning: associate director Kelvin Thompson and department head Linda Futch.

Participants may also choose to pursue an official “UCF/EDUCAUSE Certified Blended Learning Designer” credential. Those who choose this more rigorous option will submit the materials they develop as part of the free MOOC for a portfolio review. This portfolio review is available for a  US$89 fee.

Registration for BlendKit 2014 is open on Canvas Network for the class that begins April 21. Details can be found at www.canvas.net and on Twitter at #BlendKit2014.

It should be noted that UCF has a great deal of experience in this field, having offered blended and fully online courses for many years.

 

 

Comments

  1. Interesting class that I’ll probably register. Thanks Tony for the info.

  2. Appreciate you getting the word out on this course — I’ve registered and am excited about the weeks to come! A question for you and your followers: We are already experiencing limits on the number of people allowed into the “live” sessions — it’s too bad, and an interesting lesson for those of us wanting to develop courses that have a “live” element. Adobe Connect has different levels of services, and the one subscribed to by UCF can admit just 100 people. For a MOOC, this seems to be a pretty poor ratio (to me). What is typical? Is there a best practice here? This is my first MOOC, and even though it’s free, I find myself feeling willing to pay extra to have a guaranteed slot and not dick around with the lottery of connecting. Thanks in advance to you and others for responding to my question!

    • Good question, Donella. The people to answer this though must be the UCF MOOC organisers.

      It’s a good lesson though for anyone wanting to have a live webinar on a MOOC. The cMOOCs such as #Change 11 frequently had live webinars with several hundreds if not thousands so it’s not impossible.

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