Blended/hybrid delivery entails offering courses in a mix of in-person and online modes. The CODE professional development course covers 12 topics that will enable CUTlajomulco participants to extend their understanding of key educational concepts and theories and to enhance their ability to deploy digital tools to integrate online learning into face-to-face teaching more effectively.
The course is intended to be highly interactive for participants, entailing eight to10 hours of study per topic. Participants work both alone and in collaboration, via tutorial groups in subject disciplines. A strong emphasis is placed on participants designing or revising, and planning how to run, their own learning courses. Extensive use is made of contextualised theory, practical guidance, and peer interaction via an online virtual learning environment and online workshops.
This ambitious programme is split into three stages and runs from June 2023 to June 2024. Stage one, Preparation and Induction, took place between June 8 and 16. Stage two – a Professional Development blended course for CUTlajomulco staff – commences on June 19 and is scheduled to end in December. Stage three - Delivery and Evaluation of the CUTlajomulco blended/hybrid courses to CUTlajomulco students – commences in January 2024 and ends in June 2024.
This development program is one strand in a wider raft of collaborations agreed between Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico and CODE, University of London in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in September 2022.
Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper, Director of Academic Practice in Distance Education said: