The BlendKit Course is a set of subject matter neutral, open educational resources related to blended learning available for self-study or for group use. Periodically, these materials will also be used as the basis for a facilitated open, online course. (See below for information on the upcoming facilitated offering: BlendKit2014.)
The goal of the BlendKit Course is to provide assistance in designing and developing your blended learning course via a consideration of key issues related to blended learning and practical step-by-step guidance in helping you produce actual materials for your blended course (i.e., from design documents through creating content pages to peer review feedback at your own institution).
Disclaimer: The BlendKit Course does not address technical issues associated with specific course management systems (e.g., Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, etc.). Please consult with the appropriate personnel at your institution for CMS training and for any required credentialing prior to offering a blended learning course.
The BlendKit Course materials have been the basis for two open, online course cohorts. Another such cohort, BlendKit2013, was expected for fall 2013. However, this offering will be delayed to allow for materials updates and logistical improvements. The next cohort, BlendKit2014, to be facilitated by Dr. Kelvin Thompson and Dr. Linda Futch is expected to occur early 2014 (exact dates to be posted soon). To the static BlendKit course materials (i.e., readings from scholarly works pertaining to blended learning, document templates, and practical step-by-step “how-to” guides), BlendKit2014 will add five weeks of facilitation in the form of regular email communications, weekly webinars with guest presenters, and blogging/social networking interaction opportunities, and more. Recordings of both the standalone faculty interviews and of weekly webinars remain available on the BlendKit Recordings page. (Feel free to view previous years’ archived webinars from BlendKit2012 and BlendKit2011!)
Review a 6 minute narrated overview of BlendKit2012. [New information about BlendKit2014 will be posted here when ready.]
Get on the mailing list/Register for BlendKit2014! (This will ensure that you receive all communications.)
Make It Better
If you choose to re-use or remix any of the BlendKit Course materials in your own organization, we would love to hear about it! Also, if you have any ideas for improving any of the BlendKit Course components, please share them. Do you have examples of materials that would benefit others? We’d be happy to link to them or upload them to this site with attribution to your work. Please let us know. Please contact Dr. Kelvin Thompson at email@example.com, or just suggest improvements using the Ideas for BlendKit Improvements form.