Transforming blended and online learning
In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic transformed how UCalgary delivered education. With six weeks left in the winter semester, the campus community transitioned 6,000 face-to-face courses into an online environment to ensure the safety of staff and students.
It is clearer than ever that UCalgary needs an integrated strategy for distance learning, one that is aligned with our vision, our principles and our foundational commitments. A $1 million gift from the Flanagan Foundation provided us with a unique opportunity to catalyze and set a bold new vision for blended and online learning on campus.
The Advancing Blended and Online Learning (ABOL) project is dedicated to catalyzing engagement and innovation in blended and online learning across faculties at UCalgary over a three-year period from 2020-23.
The project builds on the strong foundation of blended and online learning at UCalgary and capitalizes on key learnings from the rapid transition to remote teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Build expertise and leadership in online and blended learning
Bring together an interdisciplinary cohort of instructors across faculties to develop 15 – 20 new, high-quality online courses each year.
Contribute to research related to innovation and creativity in online and blended learning
Investigate and report on the impacts of COVID-19 on learning innovations in courses across disciplines.
Strengthen resources, supports and initiatives
Promote research-informed practices for meaningfully engaging and assessing students in blended and online formats, including the development of robust open-access resources, workshops and communities of practice.
Strengthen blended and online learning mentorship and leadership networks
Share knowledge and expertise in online and blended learning across disciplines.
Inform blended and online learning strategies, policies, structures and processes
Support the integration of quality online and blended courses and programs at an institutional level.
Engage with initiatives
Large Enrollment Online Learning Community of Practice
This community of practice is a participant-driven online space dedicated to sharing experiences, strategies and resources among instructors who teach blended and online large enrollment courses. The CoP is open to instructors who are actively or previously taught classes of 50 or more students.
Open Pedagogy Talks
These noon-hour lightning talks launch in March 2022 and are delivered by instructors and students who are engaged in open pedagogy, utilizing open educational resources, and integrating open access materials and strategies in higher education.
More information to come.
Blended and Online Learning Snapshots
These 1-page infographics and summaries highlight key learnings and findings from our various initiatives.
Check back regularly for updated snapshots.
Support and resources
Awards and funding opportunities
Investigate the impacts of COVID-19 on teaching and learning in higher education
The University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Grants accept proposals from UCalgary scholars interested in enhancing student learning experiences through the integration of teaching, learning and research. Take a scholarly approach to investigate an emerging topic or trend in online, blended or remote teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic.