Blended and Hybrid Learning Design in Higher Education
The University of Nottingham
  • Start Date: 20 Mar, 2023
  • 5 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos

Delve into theories of learning, teaching, and technology to design more effective and engaging blended and hybrid courses.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

Explore blended and hybrid learning with the University of Nottingham

COVID-19 has had a transformative impact on higher education. Blended and hybrid models of learning are now the norm, and not an anomaly.

On this five-week course from the University of Nottingham, you’ll explore a range of perspectives on blended and hybrid learning. You’ll examine key paradigm shifts in pedagogical thinking, and consider their implications for your own teaching practice. You’ll learn from leading thinkers like Stephen Downes, Diana Laurillard, Neil Selwyn, and Norman Vaughan.

Discover theoretical and philosophical frameworks for learning design

How you design courses depends on the conditions and resources available to you. Theories of time, space, and technology have much to contribute to debates around education.

You’ll start by reviewing a wide variety of theories and philosophies, discussing their implications for blended and hybrid learning. You’ll cover key concepts like flipped learning, asynchronous teaching, and connectivism in pedagogy.

Get practical tips on how to design effective blended and hybrid learning content

Once you’ve mastered the theory, you can begin to apply it in practice. In Weeks 3 and 4 of the course, you’ll receive practical guidance to use in your own teaching.

You’ll discover a range of platforms, apps, and tools, and develop strategies for designing accessible and engaging course content.

Understand the legislative and institutional context of blended and hybrid learning

No course can be designed without considering regulatory frameworks within higher education. In the final week of the course, you’ll explore the wider institutional and legislative context of blended and hybrid learning.

You’ll finish the course capable of designing courses that meet the demands of the post-COVID-19 era.

This course is aimed at anyone interested or involved in designing blended or hybrid courses. It will be particularly valuable to university managers, academic staff, researchers, learning designers, learning technologists, and students of any subject.

Certificate cost may vary. You will be redirected to the host page for cost and payment options.

The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is committed to providing a truly international education, inspiring students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia. The purpose of the University is to improve life for individuals and societies worldwide. By bold innovation and excellence in all that it does, the University makes both knowledge and discoveries matter.

The University of Nottingham has 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It was ‘one of the first to embrace a truly international approach to higher education’, according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2013. It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the UK’s Top 10 and the World’s Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the QS World Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. It won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its research into global food security.


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