Blended learning

“Blended courses at SFU have at least one quarter and no more than three quarters of student learning integral to the course occurring in the online environment, replacing in-person instruction.” – SFU definition of a blended course

SFU has introduced a new Blended (B) course section classification. Blended courses are courses in which a portion of face-to-face class time is replaced by asynchronous online components. (A brief description of course scheduling formats and terminology, including the distinction between online and blended courses, is available here.) The new course format is an outcome of SFU’s Flexible Education Initiative and is designed to increase flexibility for student schedules and allow for more efficient use of classroom space.

What is blended learning? Download an infographic here.

Research suggests that blended courses are associated with higher student satisfaction compared to fully online or fully face-to-face courses because they increase flexibility while retaining a sense of community. There is also evidence that blended courses can increase student achievement compared to fully online or fully face-to-face courses.

The Centre for Educational Excellence actively supports faculty members and departments interested in (re)developing courses for blended delivery through consultations, workshops or a 10-week Blended Learning Design course combined with collaborative support from CEE staff. 

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Contact Brian Lorraine, Project Manager, Online and Blended Learning, at

Looking for help with your blended course design? Use the online Expression of Interest form.

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Find resource materials

Online and Blended Learning in Post-Pandemic Settings | SFU video (34 min 25 sec)

The Journey Toward Blended Design and Delivery: A Tale of Two Pedagogies | SFU video (52 min 59 sec)

What Is the Right “Blend,” Anyway? | SFU video (27 min 34 sec)