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Blended and Online Learning Design

University College London via FutureLearn


Develop the skills you need to teach blended and online learning

Online learning is the future of teaching. This three-week teaching course aims to support teachers’ own innovations in teaching and learning online, whether you teach in a school, college or university.

See what’s possible with digital technologies and online learning methods

You’ll understand the nature of learning design in the context of both blended and wholly online learning, and will explore the Conversational Framework concept; the notion that the teaching-learning process is an interactive exchange of concepts and practice, using the ideas of social construction and collaborative learning.

You’ll explore a range of digital tools and resources, including the Learning Designer tool, a free online tool to help teachers and lecturers design teaching and learning activities and share their learning designs with one another across all subjects.

Optimise both blended and online learning methods for your students

Through using this tool, you’ll learn how to optimise synchronous and asynchronous learning, and will explore how to implement videos, screencasts, forums, shared learning designs, polls, quizzes and to bring a selection of digital tools into your teaching techniques.

You’ll assess a wide range of learning designs and formative assessment methods for both blended and online learning in order to achieve specific types of learning outcomes.

Learn from teaching experts at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and the community

Throughout the course, you’ll be learning from teaching experts at the UCL Institute of Education.

It’s rated as the number one education faculty in the world university rankings, and provides expertise in teaching and educational research across all sectors, primary to higher education, and across all main subject areas.

This course is best suited for teachers in all sectors of formal education, primarily within the UK.

This includes primary and secondary school teachers and further education and higher education teachers and lecturers across all subject areas.

All the tools we use are free and open to all, or are optional for participants to explore if they wish.

In particular we’ll be using the UCL Learning Designer tool.

We’d recommend you use a laptop/computer to complete this course.


  • Rethinking your current teaching
    • Welcome to the course
    • Learning design as the means to think through your teaching
    • Moving online
    • Summary: Reflecting on Week 1
  • Designs for teaching and learning online
    • Designing for blended and online learning
    • Peer learning for teachers
    • Developing students’ independent learning
  • Students and teachers learning from experience
    • Formative assessment
    • Collaborative knowledge-building
    • Your institutional move to online
    • Reflecting on the course

Taught by

Diana Laurillard


4.8 rating at FutureLearn based on 172 ratings

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