This “Blended Learning” MOOC, adapted from UBC's successful T-BLE course, introduces you to the concept of blended learning and its potential benefits in terms of active learning and student engagement and most importantly, significantly enhanced student learning. It provides an opportunity for you to explore some strategies, approaches, and effective practices you can incorporate as you design and develop your own blended course chapter.
This MOOC is an online course that will introduce you to teaching and learning in a blended learning environment. It consists of four week-long online modules as well as an Introduction to the course and a collection of resources for further reading.
Each week you'll learn from viewing videos and reading course materials. Then, you'll complete a number of carefully-sequenced learning activities that will help you apply what you've just learned. The work you do in these learning activities will be directly applicable to blending your course.
Week 1: Essential Elements of Blended Learning
Week 2: Backward Design for a Blended Learning Environment
Week 3: The Art of Communication and Cooperation
Week 4: Assessments for Blended Learning
It is anticipated that you will complete one unit each week over a period of four weeks. Total time commitment per week is estimated at 3-4 hours/week with an estimated 12-16 hours to complete this course.
No prerequisites as Blended Learning theories can be applied on all K-12 educational curricula and higher education curricula.
What You Will Learn
At the end of this MOOC, you will be able to:
- Describe the essential elements of blended learning and articulate how blended learning can enhance student learning.
- Identify potential opportunities and challenges of teaching and learning in a blended learning with particular reference to your teaching context
- Identify effective practices, techniques and approaches to providing learning activities, delivering content, encouraging communication and cooperation and assessing students in a blended learning environment.
- Identify which of these practices, techniques and approaches for blended learning strategies would be most effective in your teaching and learning environment.
- Develop elements of your blended course chapter that you can take with you in your Ticket To Blended Learning Workbook and implement after you have completed this course.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR AND STAFF
Shereen Aly has an MA degree in International and Comparative Education from AUC, and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.
She has participated in several research projects in the field of education, namely peace education, non-formal learning settings and science education. She is currently working as an independent consultant, researcher and trainer for educational institutions. Shereen has over 9 years’ experience in multi-national corporations before she decided to shift career to education, in these years she realized the huge gap between the skills needed in real life and what the educational institutions are offering their students. Therefore she shifted towards education with a strong belief that the road to real world transformation is a powerful and holistic learning experience.
Bonita is an elearning innovator with a passion to assist faculty as they explore the use of learning technologies to expand their classroom, engage their students and enhance their students’ learning.
She is an Educational Consultant for the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at the University of British Columbia, and CEO of Solution Nexus Consulting. Her current project is working with Edraak to author an extensive adaptation of the University of British Columbia’s Teaching in a Blended Learning Environment course for the Arab context.
Based on her extensive experience teaching in both blended and online learning environments, Bonita designed, developed and delivered a number of projects designed to teach and support instructors as they integrate pedagogy and technology to enhance their teaching. In addition to Teaching in a Blended Learning Environment, she has also developed Preparing for Success in the Online Environment, which has been offered by a number of Canadian post-secondary institutions. Bonita offers elements of these courses through workshops for instructors and instructional designers at local, national and international conferences, as well as online and blended courses.
As an acknowledged elearning leader, Bonita has been involved in many initiatives. She has been a leading member of programme committees for national and international conferences. She also co-founded the Canadian E-Learning Conference and the Linked Campuses International Network. She was also a member of Simulation and Advanced Gaming Environments for Learning (SAGE for Learning), a 3-million dollar, multi-institutional, multi-year project of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Bonita began using technology to facilitate student communication and collaboration, to integrate innovative learning activities and to promote the use of alternative assessment approaches more than two decades ago while teaching History at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.
Bonita has a BA (Hons) and an MA in History from the University of Victoria and has a PhD (ABD) from the University of British Columbia.
Ahmed is a graphic facilitator, a designer and a trainer. He has been involved in numerous non-formal education projects with diverse focuses in Egypt since 2004. He has vast experience in working with youth, adults and marginalized populations. Ahmed believes that education is the key to societal transformation and to true citizenship.