CDTS11017 | Blended Learning
Designing Blended Learning Environments That Engage Students
For NUS Staff
Credit Hours: 18.00
Fee: Free

According to Dewey (1916), "the engagement of the imagination is the only thing that makes any activity more than mechanical". Engagement, in the context of learning, refers to the "emotional and mental energy that students are willing to expend during a learning experience" (Stein & Graham, 2014). Numerous studies have shown that "academic achievement is positively influenced by the amount of active participation in the learning process" (Graham et al., 2007). This 18-hour course focuses on guiding participants through an evidence-based approach to design and develop blended modules that aim to engage learners. Examples of how these principles and strategies are instantiated in various disciplinary domains in university settings will be shared at the session.

Dewey, J. (1916). Democracy and education: An introduction to the philosophy of education. New York: Macmillan. 
Graham, C. R., Tripp, T. R., Seawright, L., and Joeckel, G. L., (2007). Empowering or Compelling Reluctant Participators Using Audience Response Systems. Active Learning in Higher Education. 8(3), pp. 233–258.
Stein, J., and Graham, C. R. (2014). Essentials for blended learning: A standards-based guide. New York: Routledge.

BL Course Part 1: What is Blended Learning, Flipped Classroom? - 14 Jan 2021
BL Course Part 2: Constructive Alignment and Intended Learning Outcomes - 21 Jan 2021
BL Course Part 3: Incorporating Active Learning to Engage Students with Pre-class and In-class Activities - 28 Jan 2021
BL Course Part 4: Peer Review on Lesson Plan - 4 Feb 2021
BL Course Part 5: Development of a Prototype - 11 Feb 2021
BL Course Part 6: Gallery Walk - 18 Feb 2021

Intended Learning Outcomes

The course aims to enable participants to:

  • adopt an evidence-based approach towards designing and developing a module for blended learning;
  • identify appropriate educational technologies to be adopted for the module;
  • design and develop appropriate learning resources and learning activities for online sessions;
  • design and develop appropriate learning activities and tasks for face-to-face sessions; and,
  • reflect upon their experiences while participating as learners in the course.


  • Assoc Prof Adrian Michael Lee, Deputy Director, CDTL
  • Mr Alan Soong, Associate Director, CDTL
  • Ms Jeanette Choy, Senior Education Specialist, CDTL
  • Ms Charina Ong, Senior Education Technologist, CDTL
  • Ms Wanyun, Educational Technologist, CIT
  • Mr Wee Ying Qin, Educational Technologist, CIT
  • Mr Daris Tan, Educational Technologist, CIT

For further information, please contact:

Adrian LEE
Deputy Director, CDTL

Offered by the Centre for Development of Teaching & Learning (CDTL)