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BlendedX: Blended Learning with edX (1T2019)


Ildi Morris, Learning Consultant

Jeff Jorge, Learning Consultant

Emily Watson, Learning Consultant

Course Description

In this self-paced course, we introduce you to principles and practices of blended learning. We cover the benefits and challenges of creating blended learning experiences, discuss how to design and deliver a successful blended course, and provide specific strategies and examples for using edX content in your classroom. This course is rich with case examples of institutions who have adopted blended learning, with stories shared from faculty around the world. The course also references research on blended learning models, and its impact.k

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the challenges and benefits of blended learning
  • Evaluate and improve institutional and classroom readiness
  • Assemble the correct personnel to run a course using the blended model
  • Apply and adapt previous edX blended learning models to design your own course


This course will be graded based on the following criteria:

Assessment Type


% of Final Grade


Contribute to discussions by posting or commenting on topic-specific threads.



Prove your knowledge of how to setup and run blended courses.



Go deeper and prove your knowledge of how to run blended courses.


Final Project

Complete activities in preparation for launching your own blended course.


Course Content and Activities






What is Blended Learning?

Benefits and Challenges of Blended Learning



Designing a Blended Learning Course

Resource Scoping

Instructional Design Principles

Design for Blended Learning

Course Structure

Class Activities and Community

Final Project x 2


Blended Learning with edX

UMass Boston - Intro to Biology

WellesleyX - Intro to Global Sociology

MITx - Saif Rayyan Presentation

Final Project: Complete your Design

Final Exam

Discussion x 2

Final Project

Final Exam

Additional Examples (Optional)

UQx - Think101x

EdX Collaboration examples

High School examples

BU College of Engineering

Share your Examples

Word Cloud recap


Estimated Effort

  • 3 - 4 hours


  • Content: English   | Videos: English   | Transcripts: English

Course Difficulty

  • Intermediate


Enrollment Tracks

  • Audit - Freely experience the course without graded assignments.
  • Verified - Receive a verified certificate by passing the course with a final grade of 60%.
    Cost: $99 (US)


Accessibility Support


Course Help

To get help with course content, click the Discussion tab and post a question in “Course Q&A”. The course team might not be able to answer every question due the self-paced nature of the course and the number of learners enrolled, so we encourage you to seek help from your peers and assist peers who need help.


Technical Help

For general questions about using the edX platform, please refer to these resources.

Discussion Guidelines

Discussion forums are where you can express thoughts, develop ideas, and engage with classmates and instructors. Each module has one or more discussions to help you apply the material of the course and most of them count toward your participation grade. You can also access these discussions on the Discussion page.


Here are some friendly guidelines to help you successfully participate in the discussions:


  1. Review discussion postings before posting your own to avoid redundancy. Make sure you’re in the right topic before posting.
  2. When adding a post, mark it as a Question or a Discussion. Questions raise issues that need answers, whereas Discussions share ideas and start conversations.
  3. Do not post answers to quiz questions.
  4. Give your message a meaningful title. Be descriptive, specific, and succinct. This will make it easier for readers to notice your post.
  5. Use common writing practices for online communication.

For example:

      • Avoid TYPING IN ALL CAPS. It's difficult to read and is associated with shouting.
      • Be careful with humor and sarcasm - both can be easily misunderstood.
      • Check your writing for errors before posting.
      • Avoid excessive use of acronyms (LOL), emojis, and repeating punctuation (!!!!)
      • Offer sincere and constructive feedback. Please don’t be overly critical of others.
  1. Decide whether to follow the post - if so, you'll be notified when someone responds to it.