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About the BlendKit Course

The BlendKit Course is a set of subject matter neutral, open educational resources related to blended learning and available for self-study or for group use. Periodically, these materials will also be used as the basis for a facilitated open, online course. Get on the mailing list to stay informed about BlendKit developments, including information on the next facilitated cohort.

Engagement Options

The BlendKit course materials present several different types of potential learning activities, and the BlendKit materials are designed to accommodate a range of participation/engagement options; whether one is pursuing self-study, a local discussion group, or participating in one of the facilitated open online course cohorts.

Equally Valid Examples of Engagement

Participating in BlendKit

During facilitated open, online course cohorts based on the BlendKit Course materials, a number of additional interaction options are available to registrants:

  • Join in with weekly webinars. Listen/ask questions of guest presenters. Interact with other participants in real time.
  • Interact asynchronously with other participants using the tools in the Canvas Network learning management system (LMS) communication hub.
  • Engage with the BlendKit information stream (via Diigo or Flickr) by reading and contributing content
  • Earn online badges for completion of course activities.

Whole or Part

Many of us who have years of experience with higher education courses are mindful of the time commitment involved in engaging fully with a course as an “A student.” Cohorts built around the BlendKit course materials, however, are designed to serve the needs, time availability, and topical interests of the individual.

If you have the time and inclination and wish to work your way through a weekly grouping of activities much like a typical university course, you may do so. (Please see the links to each week’s activities in the sidebar to the right.) However, you certainly may choose to only engage with one component of the course (e.g., readings, the live/recorded webinar sessions, the DIY course-building project tasks, reading/commenting upon blog postings made by others using the materials, etc.). Past cohort participants have suggested that identifying their goal(s) vis-a-vis BlendKit and setting boundaries for participation rather than trying to “do everything” are helpful success strategies.

Some examples of ways you might wish to conceptualize your participation in BlendKit are listed below:

Social Networking – Just want to “talk” with others about blended learning?  Engage in the BlendKit information stream that consists of Twitter, Diigo, and Flickr.  You can extend your engagement through the weekly readings and webinars.

Online Book Club – Want to learn more about blended learning and the pedagogy that supports it?  Focus on the weekly chapters by clicking on Readings in the menu.  You might want to interact with others by posting a reaction to the readings in a blog or discussion posting.  Also, you can attend the weekly webinars or watch the recordings to gain insights from experienced blended faculty.

Local Group – Want to share the BlendKit experience with local colleagues? Participate individually as you wish, but then meet locally (face-to-face) at agreed-upon times with one or more colleagues.  You might choose the informality of a local cafe, or if you choose to gather in a meeting room or classroom, you might even choose to participate in the weekly webinars as a larger group while you project the webinars on the “big screen.”

The Student – Want to fully engage and participate like a full-time student in an academic course?  Please see the links to each week’s activities in the sidebar to the right and follow the instructions.

Participation Levels

Several participation levels are available during open, online course cohorts.

  1. Completers: Registrants who earn at least one badge for each of the five course topics during the course. (Please see “Badges” page for details.)
  2. Participants: Registrants who earn between one and five badges during the course.
  3. Auditors: Registrants who receive and observe course communications but do not earn any badges during the course.

You decide how the BlendKit materials best work for you. You determine what “successful completion” of BlendKit means for you. The above suggestions are offered merely to provide guidance to those who want help with getting started and progressing through the course.