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. 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 email@example.com.
The BlendKit Course materials have been the basis for five open, online course (MOOC) cohorts. Another such cohort, BlendKit2017, to be facilitated by Dr. Baiyun Chen and Ms. Sue Bauer, will open February 27, 2017. 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), BlendKit2017 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, BlendKit2014, BlendKit2015, and BlendKit2016!)
Register for BlendKit2017! (This will ensure that you will receive all communications during the course and that you are eligible for formal “completion.”)
Organize a Local Cohort
Whether it is an informal conversation with one colleague or a weekly facilitated session on your campus, connecting with others in your local context adds value to the BlendKit experience. Persistence, accountability, and impact on the way blended learning is facilitated are all outcomes reported by past BlendKit participants who have engaged locally. Some of these stories appear on the BlendKit Stories page. Check it out. Whether it is an informal conversation with one colleague or a weekly facilitated session on your campus, connecting with others in your local context adds value to the BlendKit experience. Persistence, accountability, and impact on the way blended learning is facilitated are all outcomes reported by past BlendKit participants who have engaged locally. Some of these stories appear on the BlendKit Stories page. Check it out.
Local Cohort Informational Webinar
To find out more about what you can do with a local cohort at your institution during BlendKit2017, please review the following 2016 recording of the webinar Making BlendKit Local: Creating an Institutional Cohort from members of the BlendKit Team and special guests Jen Dalby, Dr. Wilma Hodges, and Dr. Alex Pickett. Get ideas from these colleagues for setting up your own cohort locally! Have questions about how to proceed locally after getting all of your colleagues registered? Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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