Class Central is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

University of Leeds

Blended Learning Essentials: Embedding Your Practice

University of Leeds via FutureLearn


Technology has fundamentally changed how we learn, making it more engaging but also challenging. This course shows you how to embed blended learning practices in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

You will explore how new technology can assist learning from experience, how to overcome challenges in the sector, how to develop your own skills and discover the optimal uses of blended learning.

With over 90% satisfaction rate from previous learners, this course will support implementation of blended learning in your practice.

Use technology to improve learning outcomes

Digital tools can be used to improve various aspects of the learning process, starting with developing the learner’s voice. You can also use this opportunity to collect data from your learners to design and optimise your blended learning options.

Help your learners build skills independently

Independent learning is a key skill, and you can help your learners develop it with the help of blended learning technologies. You can support them in the initial stages and give them the opportunity to use online resources later on without always needing your help at each juncture.

Make blended learning affordable in your organisation

Blended learning needs to work with your organisation’s overall goals and budgets to be worthwhile. Discover more about the costs and benefits of blended learning, from the point of view of teacher time, and find out how blended learning can support your organisation’s overall ambitions.

This course is open to everyone, but is particularly aimed at those working in further education, skills training, vocational education, workplace learning, and lifelong learning or adult education. We provide a range of accreditation pathways, whether you are directly supporting learners or delivering training and seek to use blended learning more effectively.


  • Learning from experience
    • Welcome
    • How does technology enhance the learning process?
    • Collecting digital data to improve learning designs
    • Contributing to a community of practice
    • Summary
  • What can technology do for our most challenging ambitions?
    • The week ahead
    • Reaching more learners, more flexibly
    • Developing independent learners
    • Reducing the costs of innovation
    • Summary
  • Planning for a challenging digital future
    • The week ahead
    • Matching your innovation to the needs of your organisation's ambitions
    • Making blended learning affordable
    • Managing a change to a blended learning culture
    • Summary of the week and of the course

Taught by

Neil Morris and Diana Laurillard


4.3 rating, based on 10 Class Central reviews

4.6 rating at FutureLearn based on 48 ratings

Start your review of Blended Learning Essentials: Embedding Your Practice

  • Barbara Berry
    I loved this course it hit the mark spot on. I work with faculty in Higher Ed and I was curious about how this MOOC might help them to undertake their course designs. I be that it will. The MOOC is extremely well designed from a learning stance and the interface is really clear, clean and intuitive. The instructors were right there all the way and summary at the end of each week was excellent. Lots of great content, discussions and a good model for those interested in blended learning in Higher and Vocational Ed.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course with useful insights into ways of embedding technology in learning. Interesting to hear what learners think. A look at tracking learners and evaluating costs and time issues related to the development of blended learning. I like the way the course was structured with a list of topics for each week and the videos were very helpful.
  • Anonymous
    This course provides a thorough introduction to the issues surrounding embedding Blended Learning including learning analytics, cost and effective change management. It provides an opportunity to discuss approaches with other professionals and introduces some useful tools and research.
  • Informative, thorough, active participants and excellent mentors. It will take much more than 4 hours a week if you are really interested in the topic. The course will be available after completion so you can always go back to it. Highly recommended.
  • Anonymous
    This course was well designed and contained a mix of materials, videos, articles, discussion and the normal student comments. As the preamble to the course states, technology is advancing and teaching is changing and so I wonder if some of the reports which are included, which are now in excess of five years old and some of the case studies need to be updated to keep up with technology. The practical demonstrations of a model platform were very clear and informative.Having the transcripts of the videos was certainly an advantage as in one or two places the audio was not as clear as perhaps it could’ve been, which was probably more of a challenge for those who do not have English as a first language.
  • Abdul Samad
    Blended learning essential only to be used in the digital technique I.e the blended learning process is also important for the teacher and students who do well done their homework and work with them and also help students. The first thing to consider the importance after learning this coarse when I completed my first blended learning essential 5 week program on dated 26.5 .2020 with 98% of the total coarse.Now I am too much confident that your majesty had acted honestly with your dedication team specifically you. So i am once again thankful of all of you. Even I have completed 2week of embeded training session during the classes of blended learning essential skills.
  • Ahmad Saeed
    It is a great opportunity for all professionals to enhance the quality of work by studying the Blended Learning course.
    It is carefully designed and in accordance with the on job needs.
  • Anonymous
    It provides a big picture of what blended learning is, as well as introduces some new digital resources that could be utilized in developing your own blended learning environment.
  • Anonymous
    Future learn is a good platform to achieve new trends in every aspect of education. This is most useful for teachers

Never Stop Learning.

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.

Someone learning on their laptop while sitting on the floor.