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How to Design for Online: It's all in the Blend

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About This Course

Welcome to “How to Design for Online,” a course co-created by Teach First and Construct.

Teach First is a charity that develops and supports teachers and leaders who are determined to make a difference where it is needed most.

Construct is an online program enablement company committed to designing and delivering rich learning experiences through supporting educational staff with migrating and improving their online programs.

Teachers across the world are scrambling right now to move their instruction online. With the outbreak of COVID-19, Construct and Teach First have partnered together to bring teachers and educators this free resource that will help you move your learning programs online quickly while also keeping the critical principles of learning design at the forefront.

In this course, you will gain first-hand experience of both designing and being on the receiving end of a blended learning course.

This 7-module course centres on designing content for online learning experiences that make use of the blended learning approach for maximum learner engagement. This course runs through the course design process by splitting it into 5 main stages, namely:

    • Module 1: Beginning Course Design
    • Module 2: Structuring the Course
    • Module 3: Detail and Construction
    • Module 4: Production
    • Module 5: Monitoring and Evaluation

Click on the “view course” button at the top of the page to dive in from Monday 18th March. You will begin with an introduction to the course in Module 0: Getting Started.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What web browser should I use?

The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 9 and above. See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.

2. Who should take this course?

This course is open to anyone interested in learning more about how to design content for online learning experiences. The course covers the key steps to understanding what we mean by a blended approach to our programmes, and creating engaging learning experiences online as part of this approach...

3. Do I need any prior knowledge or experience of blended learning to complete this course?

The course is aimed at people with any range of experience and it is not necessary to complete any pre-work before starting this course. The content is differentiated with additional materials to support and challenge you, whatever level of experience you bring to the course.

4. How long will this course take to complete?

This is a 7 module course. There is on average 1-1.5 hours of learning per module.

5. How should I prepare for the course?

In order to get the most out of the course, ensure you have a chunk of time set aside to complete each module. Whilst most of the activities will be completed online, there will be times where you may like to jot down notes so have some pen and paper handy. For the best experience, use a desktop computer.

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