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MOOC Offers Assistance on Designing Blended Learning Courses
University of Central Florida (UCF) and Educause have re-launched a no-cost massive open online course (MOOC) that offers facilitated assistance to faculty members and instructional designers who want to develop blended courses.
BlendKit2017: Becoming a Blended Learning Designer, hosted on Instructure‘s Canvas Network, will be facilitated by Sue Bauer and Baiyun Chen, instructional designers at UCF’s Center for Distributed Learning. Throughout the five-week course, participants will explore key issues related to blended learning and best practices. They will also receive step-by-step guidance on developing design documents, creating content pages and other materials needed for a blended course.
The MOOC includes:
- Practical step-by-step “how to” guides;
- Assessment and critique on design work from course experts and peers;
- Blogging and social networking opportunities; and
- Weekly webinars with guest presenters.
BlendKit2017 runs Feb. 27 to May 22. The course is free, but students can choose to participate in the $89 certification track to have their portfolios reviewed. The track includes a certificate and digital badge from UCF and Educause.
The MOOC is the fifth iteration between Educause and UCF. The course was funded by a Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant in 2011, which leveraged UCF’s expertise to create BlendKit as a free, open resource for other higher education institutions.
To learn more about what BlendKit2017 entails, watch the video below.