Active Digital Pedagogies


The aim of this course is to let attendees both experience and learn how to design and deliver engaging online and blended teaching.





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Remodelling training by using tools to activate online teaching and blended learning – combining online educational materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional place-based classroom methods.

This is for anyone teaching or training using online educational materials who want to include place-based classroom methods to optimise the experience.

The course is ideal for educators who are looking for approaches and tools to activate online teaching. While the focus of the course is on online (self-paced and live) teaching, the content can equally be applied to blended learning situations. The course assumes no prior understanding of online teaching approaches or tools.


Banish ‘Bored-Room’ training by discovering the research-proven approaches and easy-to-use tools to bring your online, and in-person teaching into the connected era.

This course takes educators on a journey from Education island to the new e-Education island. Here educators will learn about the two sides of the island – the Digital Zone and the Connected Zone and why it is critical that we learn to teach in the Connected Zone. By being introduced to the ACT (Active Connected Teaching) pedagogies, educators are given a bridge to help transition to become effective, engaging, teachers. The course is packed with many examples of free tools that can be used to support Connected-era teaching and learning allowing educators to chart their own course towards effective 21st-century teaching.


Proven track record

More than 50 000 students have taken Dr Blewett's online courses

Activated Learning

Discover e-Education Island and why simply using tech in training is not the solution

High Completion Rate

Participants learn while experiencing the ACT approach to teaching which results in high levels of engagement and completion


All students receive a certificate on completion that entitles them to Activator member status of the Academy


Learn on any device, whenever and wherever you want at the student’s pace

Your Invitation to explore e-education island


Learning Path

Section 1 – Hello


  • What: A series of short lessons that explain how to navigate this course and this online learning space.
  • Why: It is important to understand how to learn in this online space so you can maximise your learning experience.


  • What: Introduce yourself using the fun video-response app.
  • Why: The pedagogy of Conversation activates learning, and this is an easy, fun, video-based way to encourage conversation, and get introduced.

Section 2 – The Science Behind Contagious Content


  • What: The 4 different types of teaching and learning approaches.
  • Why: Understanding the “lie of the land” enables us to know where we need to head to be effective teachers.


  • What: See how many “Glossary of Terms” words you know – Find the hidden words in the cryptex and answer the questions.
  • Why: The pedagogy of Correction is about being open to learning through mistakes – and there is no better way to encourage this type of thinking than with some fun.


  • What: A quiz on the content of this section.
  • Why: The pedagogy of Correction is not simply about assessing but also about learning. As such this test provides an opportunity to reflect on your understanding of the content.

Section 3 – Digital Teaching Zone

Lesson 1

  • What: How to move content online to support digital self-paced learning.
  • Why: It is important to understand the basics of how to move content online to support online self-paced teaching.

Lesson 2

  • What: How to teach in the Digital Zone.
  • Why: Teaching with technology requires us to master some key, but easy, tools and techniques in order to be effective.


  • What: A quiz on the content of this section.
  • Why: The pedagogy of Correction is not simply about assessing but also about learning. As such this test provides an opportunity to reflect on your understanding of the content.

Section 4 – Crossing Over


  • What: Introduction to the ACT approach.
  • Why: Understanding this cohesive approach to digital-age teaching will enable you to transform your transform from digital era teaching to connected era teaching.


  • What: Explores the basics of the ACT Digital Pedagogies and will see if you have a basic understanding of these pedagogies.
  • Why: This is part of your learning process applying the pedagogy of Correction so you can re-attempt the quiz to learn and improve your grade. However, the questions will change, so you will need to be focused.

Section 5 – Connected Teaching Zone

Lesson – Curation

  • It’s time to get ACTivated – to transition from the 3rd EdTech revolution Digital Teaching zone to the power of the 4th EdTEech Connected Teaching zone. This is where activity exists, where engagement takes place, where learning happens.

Lesson – Conversation

  •  Move up to the next layer of the ACT model. In this activity, we explore conversation as a pedagogy. By the end of this activity, you will have an understanding of the power of digital-based conversation for teaching and learning.

Lesson – Correction

  • By the end of this activity, you will have an understanding of the power of mistakes in learning and how technology can be used as a tool to support a correcting pedagogy.

Lesson – Creation

  • By the end of this activity, you will understand the power of using creating as a pedagogy and how this can easily be applied through simple approaches.

Lesson – Chaos

  • Argued to be the most active, and most powerful of all the pedagogies – the pedagogy of Chaos. Chaos involves learning through synthesizing, recognizing, connecting, and generating. This pedagogy helps develop 16 Millennial Age Survival Skills!

Lesson – Activate Teaching

  • How you can apply all of the ACT pedagogies and activate live online teaching making it super engaging and highly effective.


  • By now you should be aware of some of the ways in which you can easily take your content, apply the ACT pedagogies with great technology and experience a whole new way of teaching.

Section 6 – Final Challenges

Challenge 1

  • This challenge will test how much you know about some of the terms that were used in this course.

Challenge 2

  • In this assessment, you will watch a short video while at the same time answering questions. So be sure to watch carefully and think about what you are hearing.

Challenge 3

  • This challenge is a little different. It is built around the game show “Who wants to be a millionaire”. Here you will be testing your concentration and knowledge of the ACT pedagogies in a somewhat stressful environment – sounds a little like the pedagogy of chaos.

Challenge 4

  • You must have completed ALL the activities above and ALL the quizzes before you can do this Final Exam!
  • Tests what you have learnt throughout all the sections.

Section 7 – Conclusion And Reward

Receive your certificate upon completion of the Course.

The ACT Toolbox

The ACT Toolbox is your repository of “How-To” lessons. Here you can easily search for lessons on tools (e.g. Zoom) or topics (e.g. Curation). You can also browse by category (e.g. Google or Chaos), plus you can leave comments, suggestions, and new ideas. 

This is not simply a digital toolbox of lessons, it is a growing, active, space to continue your learning journey as new lessons are added, tools are rated, and conversation is shared.