On these pages you will find a set of resources to help you redesign modules and programmes and reconceptualise learning and teaching practices in order to deliver an effective, student-centred experience through active blended learning (ABL). You may want to read the latest blog post on ABL by Prof A Armellini.

ABL is our new normal. ABL is not something we do in addition to our regular teaching duties: it is our standard approach to learning and teaching.

These pages offer a more detailed explanation of what a programme or module that uses ABL looks like in practice. You will find appropriate C@N-DO Workshops to support you in your redevelopment work and in exploring possible learning and teaching practices. The videos will give you an overview of learning and teaching at Northampton, a clearer understanding of what is meant by contact time in an active blended learning environment, and two case studies from members of staff who have made the shift in practice to blended learning – warts and all!

You can now also download the report of a research study on Student Engagement with ABL.

Front Cover of the ABL Student Engagement Interim Report

This new animation shows how we should explain active blended learning to our students.

In the video below, you can see a visual presentation of one approach to active blended learning and teaching. This is a good place to start thinking about how you would like to implement ABL. More approaches can be found in the S.H.E.D. (Sharing Higher Education Design) resource site.

The following videos explore some of the key issues around teaching and learning in a blended mode of delivery in more detail and two members of staff talk about their experiences of trialling this with their students.

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Academic Simon Sneddon, from the Faculty of Business and Law shares his experiences of trialling some blended learning activity

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Kyffin Jones, a Senior Lecturer from the Faculty of Education and Humanities, tells us what he has been doing to implement ABL and get ‘Waterside Ready’.