Newest Version of MOOC on Blended Learning Opens in February
of Central Florida (UCF) and Educause will partner in the fourth version of a massive open online course
(MOOC) on blended learning.
course titled "BlendKit2016: Becoming a
Blended Learning Designer" will be available starting in late
university and the nonprofit will jointly offer the free course and
Instructure will provide access to it via its Canvas online learning platform.
course is intended to help educators as they
create their own courses that include a combination of face-to-face and
learning experiences. BlendKit2016 will be facilitated by designers
Jowallah and Baiyun Chen from the UCF Center for Distributed Learning.
a practice, online instruction is still in
its infancy, relative to traditional classroom methods," said UCF
Vice President of Distributed Learning Tom Cavanagh. "Having two
experience in online learning puts our institution in a unique position
our peers avoid the pitfalls we've experienced with it and fully
visions for novel modes in interaction."
MOOC is the result of a Next Generation
Learning Challenges grant that UCF received in 2011 to create free,
resources that would help educators develop their own blended-learning
power of online professional development is
that we can collaborate and educate in real time," said Julie Little,
vice president of teaching, learning and professional development.
the course is free, a more rigorous option
is available for a small cost that will lead to a certificate and a
badge from Educause and UCF. Organizations that want to include
faculty members can receive custom coaching and, for the first time,
education units will be offered this year.
five-week course will include:
and peer assessment of design work;
and social networking interaction;
webinars with guest presenters;
templates and "how to" guides;
from scholarly works; and
is currently open for the course, which begins February 22.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.