Blended Learning: Engaging Students and Transforming Curricula

FacultyWestminster Business School

The main aim of this module is to prepare participants for meeting the needs of a changing higher education environment, where diversification of learner profiles, competing priorities and a proliferation of new technologies is changing how we think of teaching and learning in terms of space, place and pace.

Through structured and guided learning activities, you will consider the aspects necessary for a learning-objectives-based transition from traditional to blended learning, developing an informed personal view of the issues involved in designing and managing effective and engaging teaching and learning activities in this new mode. This will be accomplished through a practical approach to developing your own teaching practice, with the module structured to give you confidence in building blended learning activities into your own curriculum area.

The module gives you the opportunity to explore online learning first hand through an immersive online course. Typically the module will require four hours per week of structured learning, which may be in the form of online or workshop activities, plus independent study and learning undertaken through the assessment process to achieve the 200 notional learning hours for 20 credits.

This module is available as a stand-alone CPD course or you can progress through the course to the full Higher Education MA by taking further modules relevant to your career development.

Courses open for booking
Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
9 February 2018 1 semester Flexible £975 Apply via UKPASS

Course content

The indicative syllabus covers:

  • introduction to online learning
  • identifying areas of curricula suitable for moving online
  • tools for teaching online
  • online teaching and learning pedagogy
  • designing and supporting appropriate and effective activities
  • managing participants
  • teaching and learning methods

The course will require working and collaborating in online forums. This will provide you with an opportunity to experience collaborative synchronous and asynchronous online learning, while also helping to build an active community of enquiry. Most information presented to you online will be text-based, which means you will be able to work through the course materials at your own pace.

The course discussion forum is an important aspect of the online learning environment and you will be expected to take a full and active part in discussions, both with (e-)tutors and with fellow participants. The online discussions will be structured around particular topics on the course and all contributions will be valued, as we believe that all participants will benefit from a free exchange of thoughts and ideas.

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Assessment methods

Through a personal blog you will demonstrate critical reflection on your practice, current or future, in the light of your engagement with course activities, fellow participants and readings to develop considered rationales for incorporating elements of online learning into your practice. Your blog will be open for the duration of the course and we are looking for regular engagement.

You will evidence your learning journey through your blog and, in particular, transformational learning events. The blog will be open to the (e-)tutors and fellow participants to allow both to make comments, thus enabling you to debate, defend and refine your ideas. Although shared with one another on the course, the blogs are a safe space within which we will all be trying out different ideas.

After completing this module, you will be better able to:

  • identify key characteristics of communicating online and develop strategies for successful communication in an online environment
  • develop rationales for the effective use of technologies to develop online activities to engage students
  • debate ideas and strategies for blending online learning into teaching practice from an informed perspective
  • critically reflect on the practical application of aspects of online teaching and learning theory in both your own and others’ contexts

Applicants should normally hold a first degree from a recognised institution (minimum Lower Second Class Honours or international equivalent), demonstrate interest and motivation in the subject area, and be teaching at least 72 hours per year at UK higher education level 4 or above, including in further education, private college settings and internationally (international qualification levels taught will be checked against UK equivalents).

Alternative professional qualifications with at least three years' relevant professional experience will also be considered.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in each element.

Guidance for internal applicants

If you are a University of Westminster employee or PhD student, we require less information from you as we already hold some of it in the HR systems. We have produced a document to take you through the UKPASS process and let you know what you need to fill in. Please download and refer to our UKPASS application guide (PDF).

Internal applicants (including PhD students) also need line manager approval to gain exemption from course fees. Please complete the fee exemption form (DOC) and upload it when applying through UKPASS.