Blended Learning Essentials and CMALT

About the course

If you are working in further education, skills training, vocational education, workplace learning, lifelong learning or adult education, this free online course is designed to help you understand the benefits of blended learning and how to make more effective use of technology to support your learners. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • use a range of effective blended learning practices and pedagogies, to improve your learners’ experience and attainment

  • understand how the many free and affordable technologies now available can enhance teaching and learning and

  • approach new technologies with confidence, designing a pedagogical approach to make the best use of these tools.

For more information, visit the course homepage. You can also download a full guide for paths to accreditation

Route to CMALT accreditation

The course offers participants a number of paths to gain credit, including accreditation via CMALT. Established in 2004, CMALT is one of the longest established accreditations specifically for practitioners seeking recognition for their skills and experience in learning technology.  In order to provide a route to CMALT accreditation for course participants, we have mapped the curriculum of the course to the CMALT framework. CMALT covers four core areas (including implementation of technology, communication and teaching/training) and also allows participants to choose a specialist option that fits with their particular role thus providing real flexibility. While CMALT accreditation may not be the most appropriate path to credits for complete novices and those new to using technology in the classroom, employers are increasingly including it as a criterion during recruitment for teaching and technology roles.

You can register at https://www.alt.ac.uk/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=20.

Pilot group

In 2015/16 we ran a small pilot group for course participants who wanted to gain CMALT quickly and were able to share their completed portfolios as examples for future candidates and to help provide working examples of how the mapping of the CMALT framework to the Blended Learning Essentials course is translated into practice. This small group was asked to:

  1. participate in all parts of the Blended Learning Essentials course

  2. complete their CMALT portfolios and submit them for assessment within three months of the course end date

  3. give permission for ALT to make their portfolios available as examples for future candidates.

Shared portfolios are accessible to ALT members at https://www.alt.ac.uk/certified-membership/cmalt-sharing-initiative.

Guidelines for CMALT candidates

Detailed Guidelines for CMALT candidates and other supporting information is available at https://www.alt.ac.uk/get-involved/certified-membership/cmalt-support

You can now also download a full mapping of the course to CMALT. 

There is an online group space for BLE CMALT candidates. To join please send a request to enquiries@alt.ac.uk.