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Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started (Online)

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Entry requirements

The course is free to attend and open to all. It is particularly aimed at anyone working in the Vocational Education and Training sector. Whether you are directly supporting learners or delivering training, this course will help you use blended learning more effectively.

Months of entry


Course content

About this course

Start date: 20th Febraury 2017

Delivered by: University of Leeds

If you are working in further education, skills training, vocational education, workplace learning, lifelong learning or adult education, this course is for you. You will be aware of the Post-16 Skills Plan, and the importance of being able to blend digital methods into your teaching and learning. These methods will help your learners become more familiar with the digital workplaces they will be joining.

This free online course is designed to help you understand the benefits of blended learning and how to make more effective use of technology to support your learners.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • use a range of effective blended learning practices and pedagogies to improve your learners’ experience and attainment
  • understand how the many free and affordable technologies now available can enhance teaching and learning, and
  • approach new technologies with confidence, designing a pedagogical approach to make the best use of these tools

This course has been created with the generous funding of the Ufi Charitable Trust.

Learn with colleagues in the Vocational Education and Training sector

This online course will be supported by a group of dedicated Digital Champions. They will help you connect with teaching and training professionals who understand the practical, everyday challenges of using blended learning in your sector. This way you will have access to colleagues with the experience to answer questions, to discuss ideas and share problems.

Continue learning with part 2: Embedding Practice

This course is run in two parts. This first introductory course, Getting Started, will be followed by a second short course on Embedding Practice, which will run on various dates in 2017.


As a course participant you have a number of ways to gain professional recognition and accreditation for participating in the course and as a next step in your professional development including:

  • Certified CPD hours for all participants who complete the course and purchase a FutureLearn Certificate of Achievement;
  • Accreditation via professional bodies for participants who seek wider recognition of their professional practice;
  • Paths to post-graduate qualifications for participants whom the course inspires to further study. For full information, please see the guide for participants.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
2 months

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