The BlendKit Course is a set of subject matter neutral, open educational resources related to blended learning developed by Dr. Kelvin Thompson 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. (See below for information on the next scheduled facilitated offering: BlendKit2015.) 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, Canvas, Desire2Learn, Moodle, Sakai, etc.). Please consult with the appropriate personnel at your institution for Learning Management System (LMS) training and for any required credentialing prior to offering a blended learning course.
Your BlendKit Stories
Around the world many individuals and institutions have made use of the BlendKit Course to advance their blended learning practice in a variety of ways. You may find inspiration from reviewing a few excerpts from these stories. If you find that you have a story you want to share, please contact Dr. Kelvin Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BlendKit Course materials have been the basis for three open, online course (MOOC) cohorts. The next cohort, BlendKit2015, will be facilitated by Dr. Rohan Jowallah and Ms. Sue Bauer and will run from February 23 – March 30, 2015. 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), BlendKit2015 will add an orientation, five weeks of facilitation in the form of regular email communications, weekly webinars with guest presenters, 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 BlendKit2011, BlendKit2012, and BlendKit2014!)
Register for BlendKit2015! (This will ensure that you receive all communications and are able to interact with the facilitators and other participants.)
Preview BlendKit2015 (You may preview the BlendKit2015 course on Canvas Network at http://bit.ly/blendkit2015. To interact or submit assignments, please register.)
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.
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