Blended and Online Learning

Enhance your blended and online learning practice through an interactive and interdisciplinary online learning experience. You will explore the foundations of blended and online learning pedagogy, engage with blended and online course design models and learning technologies, and expand your teaching practices through the application of evidence-informed approaches to teaching in blended and online environments.  

Course description

In this semester-long course, you will have the opportunity to create or adapt an existing face-to-face course for intentional online or blended delivery. As a member of an interdisciplinary cohort, you will collaborate with other instructors and academic staff to share and learn blended and online teaching strategies, develop professional networks, and mobilize new teaching and learning approaches in your course. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Critically reflect on your beliefs, assumptions, and philosophy about blended and online learning,
  • Design learning activities and assessments that promote student-centered learning experiences in blended and online courses,
  • Leverage learning technologies that align with your pedagogical priorities and promote achievement of learning outcomes, and
  • Develop high-quality blended and online learning experiences for different course contexts.

Assessment activities will include:

  • An updated teaching philosophy statement which includes a blended and online teaching philosophy,
  • A revised course outline for an upcoming blended or online course, and
  • Design your choice of:
    • A learning activity with assessment OR
    • Learning module

Please note: The Teaching and Learning Theories, Practices and Assessments course and the Blended and Online Learning course cannot be taken in the same semester.

Course dates and times

Term: Fall 2021, September 10 – December 3
Day/Time: This course will include asynchronous online sessions in D2L as well as synchronous Zoom sessions. All Zoom sessions will be held on Friday mornings from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. See the schedule below for specific dates.

Registration for fall 2021 is open until September 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. MT.
Please note: This registration form will close when the course is full, so register early!

You will learn to:

  • Select and implement evidence-based teaching practices within your own context to create meaningful blended and online learning experiences.
  • Examine, apply, and critique key theories and/or methodologies in teaching blended and online courses in a postsecondary context. 
  • Apply online and blended pedagogies to design courses and learning activities that provides opportunities for students to apply new conceptual knowledge
  • Design assessments strategies that meaningfully assess student learning and content literacy
  • Critically reflect on your teaching philosophy and approaches, and document impact with regard to blended and online courses in a curated dossier of learning artefacts.

Blended course schedule


Module 1 — Exploring the foundations of blended and online learning

Week 1: September 10 (Synchronous Zoom)

Week 2: September 13 – 17 (Asynchronous Online)

Week 3: September 24 (Synchronous Zoom)

Week 4: September 27 – October 1 (Asynchronous Online)

Module 2 — Engaging with blended and online course design models and learning technologies

Week 5: October 8 (Synchronous Zoom)

Week 6: October 11 – 15 (Asynchronous Online)

Week 7: October 22 (Synchronous Zoom)

Week 8: October 26 – 29 (Asynchronous Online)

Module 3 — Expanding blended and online teaching practice 

Week 9: November 5 (Synchronous Zoom)

Week 10: November 8 –12 (Asynchronous Online)

Week 11: November 19 (Synchronous Zoom)

Week 12: November 22 – 26 (Asynchronous Online)

Closing session

Week 13: December 3 (Synchronous Zoom)


Our approach

This course strives to create and sustain a learning community among its participants by combining synchronous and asynchronous online learning activities. Through Zoom sessions, there will be opportunities to engage in discussions, collaborative learning activities, as well as teaching observations and reflections with your colleagues.

Online components in D2L may include activities such as listening to podcasts, watching videos, interacting on discussion boards, and posting and reflecting on your work and that of your colleagues. In order to successfully achieve the learning outcomes in the course, active participation in both the Zoom and D2L online environments is necessary.