Blended Learning Guidance

Short courses on teaching online

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Teaching online creates a different set of requirements and challenges from those that many academic staff are used to. As it appears that we may be required to develop more and more materials and courses for partial or complete online delivery, you may want to engage with some of the following short courses that will help you adapt your teaching methods for online delivery.

University of Manchester School of Social Sciences

Creating online materials for blended learning: a short, practical, 5-part course, created ‘in-house’ by Professor Becki Bennett (School of Social Sciences) using Adobe Spark. Can be completed at your own pace, and covers how to create online learning materials, using free resources, that allow active learning and online interaction within your existing Blackboard spaces.


How To Teach Online – Free course on FutureLearn Discover how to teach online in this free course designed to help educators teach and support their students online in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Open University

Take your teaching online In this free course, Take your teaching online, you will gain  knowledge fundamental to delivering effective teaching online. You will hear about the experiences of real educators, be introduced to cutting edge research, and understand the ideas and tools that shape how we teach and learn online. You will also learn useful methods that will guide you to test out these new ideas in your own practice.


Learning to Teach Online | Coursera Learn Learning to Teach Online from UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales). Are you an educator? Have you ever wanted to understand more about how to design your class to make better use of educational technology – whether fully online or in blended contexts? Would you like to learn from those who have extensive practical experience with online technologies?<

On Teaching and Learning Mathematics

Surprise! Transitioning to online teaching  By Abbe Herzig, AMS Director of Education Many of us are experiencing stress as schools, colleges and universities move instruction out of the classroom. Fortunately, even if distance learning is new to you, it isn’t new, and there is a lot of wisdom to draw on.

Further Reading

Don’t have time to participate in a full course? Here are some interesting articles discussing the move to online delivery for the education sector..

Inside Higher Ed – Will Shift to Remote Teaching Be Boon or Bane for Online Learning?

Wired – Moving Your Classes Online? Here’s How to Make It Work

Educause – The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning

The Conversation – Coronavirus: 14 simple tips for better online teaching