The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting restrictive measures of social distancing and lockdowns in educational institutions caused an exponential expansion and exploration of different remote models of education. Although the pandemic has been a catalyst for speeding up the rate at which technology is being adopted in education, the speed and abruptness of the shock meant that many in-person programmes had to shift practically overnight to online delivery, leaving little time for thoughtful re-design. As the threat of Covid-19 subsides, some providers are returning to traditional in-person forms of continuous professional development (CPD) or deciding to continue with fully remote (often online) CPD.

The decision to return to fully in-person CPD or to maintain remote CPD depends on the specific circumstances.  In many instances, blended CPD can offer a higher quality of CPD by combining the benefits of in-person and remote CPD.

With this guide, we want to help CPD providers find just the right blend, where participants are motivated and engaged and that includes all participants in a way that is cost-effective, scalable and sustainable.  The guide is intended to inspire CPD providers and help them successfully organise a blended CPD trajectory.

The guide provides a practical step-by-step framework that helps CPD providers to create and implement high quality blended CPD. The guide is structured in such a way as to allow a provider to organise CPD, by going through the following phases:

  1. Analyse the context and identify the CPD needs and outcomes
  2. Design and develop a CPD trajectory
  3. Implement the blended CPD trajectory
  4. Evaluate the blended CPD trajectory

    Throughout the guide, we point to important cross-cutting themes when developing and implementing blended CPD, such as gender, diversity & inclusion, motivation & engagement, cost-effectiveness, sustainability and scalability.

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