University of Central Florida and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Higher Education Tech Innovation

The Blended Learning Toolkit’s home page delineates its course development resources.

Far too often, course redesign occurs only in a single course or even single section, leaving the institution substantially unchanged. We believe that blended learning can be a vehicle for broader and sustainable institutional transformation by using a combination of bottom-up and top-down approaches to course redesign.”
—Thomas Cavanagh, Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning, University of Central Florida

The Innovation: Blended Learning Toolkit

The Blended Learning Toolkit promotes the adoption of blending learning by helping instructors and institutions create courses that combine face-to-face sessions with online learning. The openly available online resource provides online tools, strategies, curricula, and other materials. In addition, UCF periodically offers BlendKit MOOCs about the generic design and delivery of blended instruction.

Results Achieved: The Blended Learning Toolkit’s online and free, open source accessibility produced a globally respected resource for blending learning course development and deployment.

  • Widely used: As of June 2014, the Blended Learning Toolkit has logged 119,462 site visits, with 309,813 page views, and approximately 2.59 page views per visit.
  • Global reach: Over 74,520 unique visitors from 188 countries have accessed the Blended Learning Toolkit.
  • Course deployment: Nearly three-quarters of faculty (74%) who used the Blended Learning Toolkit during the NGLC project indicated they would definitely or probably teach another blended learning course in the future, if they had the choice.

Long-term Goal: Add more resources and model courses both from within UCF and from other institutions. In 2014, UCF continued to enhance its MOOCs; it offered its BlendKit2014 MOOC in partnership with EDUCAUSE, with the option of earning a certification as a Blended Learning Designer, promoting toolkit usage.

The Blended Learning Toolkit is a global course development resource.

Dr. Holly McSpadden at Missouri Southern State University gives her impressions of the Blended Learning Toolkit

Participating Institutions

  • The College of Brockport (SUNY)
  • Columbus State University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Grambling State University
  • Harris-Stowe State University
  • Indiana University Kokomo
  • Lincoln University of Missouri
  • Missouri Southern State University
  • Missouri State University
  • Northwestern State University (LA)
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
  • Thomas Edison State College
  • Troy University
  • University of Maine at Fort Kent
  • University of Missouri St. Louis University of North Alabama
  • University of South Alabama
  • Winona State University

The Grant Project:

University of Central Florida (UCF) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) received a grant from NGLC in April 2011. 

NGLC’s grant enabled UCF and AASCU To produce scalable, online resources to support the adoption of blending learning worldwide, UCF and AASCU used NGLC grant funds to create project partnerships, develop resources for the toolkit, and develop and conduct training programs.