Blended learning approaches for large groups

As UK universities are seeing an increase in student numbers and a more diverse student body, this resource supports staff in finding effective ways to support large student cohorts through the integration of online activities. When integrating online activities into your module, they need to be well designed using an appropriate technology and constructively aligned to help students meet the outcomes of the module. Saunders and Gale (2012, p.856) state that “[t]his is particularly important in a very large class, where minor mismatch between tool and task can lead to frustration and lack of engagement by students.”

Select which approach suits your requirements for some suggestions of how you meet the challenges of teaching large groups of students.

  • I need a quick, easy and low risk way to integrate educational technology to meet a specific challenge on the module: Low-impact approach  

  • I have confidence in changing my teaching approach and am confident in using educational technology or have time to attend training sessions and have 3-6 months to implement a change: Medium-impact approach

  • I am developing a blended module from the outset or redesigning a face-to-face module as a blended learning module and have 6-12 months for the development of the module:  High-impact approach


  • Saunders, F.C., & Gale, A.W. (2012). 'Digital or didactic: Using learning technology to confront the challenge of large cohort teaching'. British Journal of Educational Technology, 43(6), 847–858.