This week we are seeing the start of the Futurelearn course Blended Learning Essentials: Getting started - A free course for the Vocational Education and Training sector to promote effective practice and pedagogy in blended learning. The course is open to all and 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 info visit the course homepage and download our BLECourse_postcard. You can also download a full guide for paths to accreditation. You can now also download a full mapping of the course to CMALT. We regularly run information sessions online and you can participate and watch the recordings, for example our recent session in June.
Route to CMALT accreditation
The course offers participants a number of paths to gain credit of which accreditation via CMALT is one. Established in 2004, CMALT is one of the longest established accreditations specifically for practitioners who seek recognition for the skills and experience they have. 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 4 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 criteria during recruitment for teaching and technology roles.
To further support course participants who are interested in this type of accreditation we offer a preferential rate for registration, giving course participants who register before 31 January 2017 a 20% discount on the registration fee, £119 instead of the usual £150. In order to quality for the reduced rate you will have to be a registered participant on the Blended Learning Essentials course. You can register at https://www.alt.ac.uk/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=20 .