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Flanagan Foundation Project

Advancing Blended and Online Learning
A 3-year initiative dedicated to catalyzing high-quality blended and online learning opportunities at the University of Calgary.

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.

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Project overview

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.

Measuring impact


Instructors engaged


Courses supported


Workshops delivered


Resources created

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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.

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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.

Proposals are being accepted until December 1, 2021.

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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.

Teaching development

Academic Staff Certificate

Academic Staff Certificate - Blended and Online Learning course

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.

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Blended and Online Learning Workshop Series

The Blended and Online Workshop Series (BOWS) are sets of interactive workshops that focus on pedagogy and practice of blended and online learning.

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Teaching Online Program

The Teaching Online Program (TOP) is an immersive, online professional development program delivered entirely online using D2L and Zoom. TOP is a two-part program divided into three-week sections.

Support and resources 

Learning technology coaches

Learning Technology Coaches

Get direct one-on-one support with media creation, classroom technology support, and using D2L, YuJa, Zoom and other institutional learning technologies with a Learning Technology Production Coach.

Learning modules

Learning modules

Explore open-access learning modules on designing online courses, developing online assessments, managing team projects, adaptable course design, and blended learning.

Online learning


Explore in-depth, how-to resources on D2L, YuJa, TopHat and Zoom developed by the Learning Technologies group at the Taylor Institute.

Awards and funding opportunities

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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.