Feb 22nd 2016

Becoming a Blended Learning Designer (

Blended learning (the strategic combination of face-to-face and online learning experiences) is growing in popularity within higher education and K-12 settings around the world. The goal of the BlendKit: Becoming a Blended Learning Designer MOOC is to provide facilitated assistance to faculty members and instructional designers in developing and designing blended courses through (1) a consideration of key issues related to blended learning and (2) practical step-by-step guidance in producing materials for a blended course (e.g., developing design documents, creating content pages, and receiving peer review feedback at one's own institution).


A Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant in 2011 leveraged the University of Central Florida’s expertise to create the Blended Learning Toolkit as a free, open resource for educational institutions interested in developing or expanding their blended learning initiatives. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), UCF’s grant partner, agreed to use its membership to distribute the toolkit and support new course models. The BlendKit course emerged from the grant to assist educators in designing blended courses and has supported three open, online cohorts since 2012.

BlendKit 2015 MOOC

The next offering of the free MOOC, BlendKit 2015: Becoming a Blended Learning Designer, begins on February 23, 2015 with a 30-minute orientation session at 2:00 p.m. (ET; -4 UTC) and lasts five weeks. The open course will be offered at no cost.

This five-week course involves:

- Expert and peer assessment and critique on design work

- Regular interactions with facilitators and students

- Blogging/social networking interaction opportunities

- Weekly webinars with guest presenters

- Document templates and practical step-by-step “how to” guides

- Readings from scholarly works pertaining to blended learning