Step 1.1: What Is Being Blended?

Blended Learning requires Instructors and Designers to consider a range of variables that they can “control” in terms of place, time, and learning experiences.  Blended Learning creates a learning environment that considers learning along a continuum of practice.


Download our handout Considering a Blended Learning Continuum (note: this continuum will be addressed in the Step 1.6, Accommodating the Reality of Access).

  • Time & date at which module starts and ends
  • Periods of time students are able to participate
  • Pace of learning
  • Time that assessment occurs
  • Sequence in which topics are covered
  • Choice of topics covered
  • Number of learning activities to be completed
  • Level of difficulty
  • Assessment standards
  • Prerequisites for module participation
  • Social organization of learning (group or individual)
  • Times available for support
  • Choice of who decides what modes of flexible learning are available
  • Language of communication
  • Time and place support is available
  • Methods of obtaining support
  • Types of support available
  • Places for studying
  • Delivery channels (e.g. lectures, tutorials, internet, podcasts)