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Monday, April 14, 2014

MOOC Helps Develop Blended Learning

Blended learning may be all the rage on campuses, but only when instructors can make their way through the vast amount of content that is available to develop an effective course. A massive open online course (MOOC) may offer a solution.

Educause, Instructure, and the University of Central Florida (UCF) have teamed to develop BlendKit2014, a free five-week MOOC designed to provide an introduction to blended learning. The course gives educators step-by-step instructions on how to develop digital media, content pages, and peer-review feedback tools for blended-learning classes.

“By offering this tool to educators and administrators across the country, we will be able to share the valuable tools, information, and methods that we, along with other participants in the course, have developed during the past two decades,” said Tom Cavanagh, associate vice president of distributed learning at UCF.

Participants in the MOOC can earn a UCF/Educause Certified Blending Learning Designer certificate at the completion of the course by submitting a portfolio of the blended learning materials developed throughout the class, according to a report in eCampus News.

Registration for Blendkit2014 is open on the Canvas Network. The course is set to begin April 21.

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