Responsive Blended Learning (RBL) combines active, supported online learning with contextually appropriate face-to-face learning opportunities, responding dynamically to the changing external context. This approach enables students to proceed with their studies alongside their peers, whatever pandemic-related restrictions are lifted or imposed in specific contexts.
RBL: Our principles
Prioritise the wellbeing of staff and students.
Support students to thrive as part of global learning communities.
Value our staff and their skills, knowledge and passion for their subject that underpins the HWU learning experience.
Build on our strengths as a global, multi-sited university.
Blend online and face-to-face learning in a way that is pedagogically appropriate and practically deliverable.
Ensure identical academic standards across learning contexts.
Maintain our commitment to Inspiring Learning.
At the heart of the RBL approach is our Heriot-Watt global learning community, our students and our staff collaborating together to inspire learning.
Use the sections below to access a range of resources to support the delivery of and engagement with Responsive Blended Learning.
Alternatively, download the list of RBL resources for quick access to topics of interest to you.
AY21/22 reviewing your course checklist – This checklist will help you check that your course is effectively structured and set up on Canvas to support teaching in Responsive Blended Learning mode in AY21/22.
The Introducing Responsive Blended Learning module is open to colleagues across Heriot-Watt University who will be teaching or supporting students through a Responsive Blended Learning approach.
It can be studied as a linear module, worked through from beginning to end. Alternatively you can dip in and engage with specific resources as and when you need them. Either way, we hope that you’ll find it useful for the transition to Responsive Blended Learning and in developing your practice more broadly.
Heriot-Watt staff (if logging in with their Heriot-Watt ID) can:
Over the summer the RBL team are facilitating a series of sessions are for staff who want to focus on a particular aspect of Responsive Blended Learning. The sessions provide a space to share and develop learning and teaching practice. The recordings of the sessions are available to Heriot-Watt staff via the links below (Heriot-Watt login required):
Our resources for students explain what Responsive Blended Learning will be like for students and also provide support to use the key tools needed to engage in Responsive Blended Learning during AY20/21.
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