Blended Learning Essentials – free online courses

Looking to find out more about blended learning?

Blended Learning Essentials is a programme of four short courses delivered through the Future Learn platform, but it is the first two courses in the programme that we’re focusing on here. Both are aimed at the Vocational Education and Training sector but there is plenty of information which is directly relevant to Higher Education. The courses are free, unless you want to do the assessment and receive a certificate.

Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started is designed to help you understand the benefits of blended learning and how to make more effective use of technology to support your learners. It is designed to be easily accessible and is packed full of great practical ideas you can implement in your own teaching. You can start straight away and learn at your own pace (approximately 20 hours’ study time). For details, see Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started.

The second, and more advanced, course in the series is called Blended Learning Essentials: Embedding Practice. Again, you can start straight away and learn at your own pace (approximately 12 hours’ study time). It introduces a range of practices and pedagogies you can use in blended learning courses (that’s most of the courses we have in FET!) to improve your learners’ experience and attainment. You will find many free and affordable technologies in the course which can enhance teaching and learning, and the course suggests ways to make the best use of these tools. For details, see Blended Learning Essentials: Embedding Practice.

Although the courses specify a number of study hours, like many free online courses, you can sign up and just focus on the parts you find most valuable.