Introduction

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, 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.

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BlendKit2014

The BlendKit Course materials have been the basis for two open, online course cohorts. The next cohort, BlendKit2014, to be facilitated by Dr. Kelvin Thompson and Dr. Linda Futch will run from April 21 – May 26, 2014. 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 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 and BlendKit2012!)

NEW! Review a 7 minute narrated overview of BlendKit2014. (Consider this your personal invitation to join us!)

Registration/Mailing List

Register for BlendKit2014! (This will ensure that you receive all communications and are able to interact with the facilitators and other participants.)

 

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 kelvin@ucf.edu, or just suggest improvements using the Ideas for BlendKit Improvements form.

What are people saying about the BlendKit Course?

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  • Shubhada

    Over the past two Monday's I have been attending the BlendKit 2012 Webinar and other activities on blended learning. One of the challenges that I faced in navigating this webinar is that it was completely upto the individual to participate in different kinds of online forums. They say that the "openess" of the web or the online world helps in learning but I think I would have preferred a little bit of structure. Structure especially in terms of how much can participants participate and in what kind of online forums, discussions, feedback, blueprint or blog. However, I must say that it was also extremely exciting to get to see so many features and different ways of reaching an audience. I would say Blendkit 2012 was a great example of a web 2.0 endevor. It allowed participants enrolled for professional development to not be consumers but people who can create in their own ways.

    Mon, 01 Oct 2012 11:44:00 +0000

  • What’s a HootCourse? I never heard the term before BlendKit 2012 (a MOOC that started a few days ago). That didn’t surprise me though, because I’m not usually on the bleeding-edge of web apps. I usually wait to see if … Continue reading

    Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:26:04 +0000

  • In this week’s BlendKit2012 course the reading emphasizes that a blended course is neither a face-to-face course with an online component, nor an online course with a face-to-face component. So how do you design a blended course so each part–online … Continue reading

    Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:08:14 +0000

  • Has anything dropped into your life at the precise time that your heart was open to it? That happened to me last week. The MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) BlendKit 2012 Course registration email came to my inbox last Monday. … Continue reading

    Wed, 26 Sep 2012 21:34:53 +0000

  • JR


    This semester I feel like I am swimming (think refreshing, not drowning) in blended learning. I am taking a course (in pursuit of my instructional design master's degree at UMass Boston), and I am participating in the BlendKit2012 online course offered by UCF. Earlier this week I did an IT-sponsored workshop for faculty on thinking about what should be online and what should be F2F in a blended course. Finally, I am "blending" my core accounting course (that I am teaching to new MBA students) with 25% of the F2F classes being replaced by online activities. By the end of this semester, I hope to know a great deal more about what to do and what not to do when teaching a blended course!

    What I absolutely know is this: there are many great resources to help us get better at this! A recent article from the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks provides some "best practices" that are definitely worth reading. Here are some examples from the article:

    Category
    Best Practice
    Design Process
    The best strategy begins with clear course objectives. Don't shortcut here!
    Pedagogical Strategies
    Varied interactivity and prompt feedback are key to student engagement.
    Technology Utilization
    The main tools promoted in the literature are discussions and wikis.
    Assessment Strategies
    Effective practices are divided on when and where assessments should occur, but the preference is for assessment to be conducted online.
    Course Implementation
    Student Readiness
    (addressed together in the article)
    Communication of the blended design, expectation, and process is key for student success. A F2F orientation is a good way to start!

     
    McGee, P. & Reis, A. (2012). Blended course design: A synthesis of best practices. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 16(4), 7-22. 

    Wed, 26 Sep 2012 07:26:00 +0000

  • Lynn Trinko

    Good Afternoon, 
    I am participating in BlendKit2012 MOOC style! 


      I have been actively involved in teaching and learning since 1994. I have been a student, an instructor, a trainer, an instructional designer and an administrator in this ever changing educational world. When thinking about blended learning... I wonder why is this so hard for someone to understand? To me, I believe that it is necessary to tailor the learning event to match the needs of the content, context and especially the people involved in the learning. Given that and today's many tools, I think blended just makes sense. Adding a variety of resources to enhance and engage learners has value. 
      Blended learning is the best of both worlds. Adding resources, access and information for the learners has the potential to enrich the students learning. Blending a classroom requires the educator to consider "Why" I am doing an activity and "how" will the students learn and "what" is the best tool or activity to achieve this?  when considering this, I am always looking at what the best tools are for the activity I want the students to participate in. The problem is the fact that it depends... 
      it depends on skill levels of the learner
      it depends on what the goal is for the lesson
      it depends on what tools are available
      it depends on so many things
      So take baby steps, take it slow when designing and implementing activities in a blended or online class. 
      SO I typically will try one new activity each term and I see how it is going. I request feedback from the students.   

      How often to meet? My teaching nature is to engage the learners as often as possible, so I prefer many interactions. When determining the time commitments for a blended or online class, I attempt to have the interactions meet or exceed the F2F class. I keep into account that the technology can change the time needed and add that in as well. 


    Definitions

    BlendKit2012 - The BlendKit Course materials are the basis for an open, online course facilitated by Dr. Kelvin Thompson and Dr. Linda Futch. It runs from September 24, 2012 – October 29, 2012. 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), BlendKit2012 adds five weeks of facilitation in the form of regular email communications, weekly webinars with guest presenters, and blogging/social networking interaction opportunities.http://blended.online.ucf.edu/blendkit-course/

    MOOC - Massive Open Online Course 
    The term MOOC was coined in 2008 by Dave Cormier and Bryan Alexander to an open online course designed and led by Stephen Downes, The National Research Council (Canada) and George Siemens,  Athabasca University.





    Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:26:00 +0000

  • Hoplapalooza

    Today I took an online course called Blendkit 2102. I learned that blended learning enhances a students ability to grasp new materials in this tech savvy environment. It has been reported that students have an increased satisfaction in learning and retention of material when using blended course material.
    I just wish I had grown up with computers so I would not feel so lost at times. The amount of information seems endless and the ways to obtain it overwhelming. I do think I am intelligent but at times my brain seems to be in information overload!

    Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:13:00 +0000