Full course description

Course Date:

Feb 27 - May 22, 2017

Duration:

5 Weeks

Commitment:

2-3 hrs/week

Requirement:

None

Course Type:

Instructor-led

Credential:

Badge, CEUs,
paid certificate

Description

Blended learning (the strategic combination of face-to-face and online learning experiences) is growing in popularity within higher education and K-12 settings around the world. The goal of BlendKit: Becoming a Blended Learning Designer is to provide facilitated assistance to faculty members and instructional designers in developing and designing blended courses through (1) a consideration of key issues related to blended learning and (2) practical step-by-step guidance in producing materials for a blended course (e.g., developing design documents, creating content pages, and receiving peer review feedback at one's own institution).

History

A Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant in 2011 leveraged the University of Central Florida’s expertise to create the Blended Learning Toolkit as a free, open resource for educational institutions interested in developing or expanding their blended learning initiatives. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), UCF’s grant partner, agreed to use its membership to distribute the toolkit and support new course models. The BlendKit course emerged from the grant to assist educators in designing blended courses and has supported three open, online cohorts since 2012.

Faculty and designers from the State University of New York (SUNY) are encouraged to first connect with SUNY COTE to coordinate their BlendKit2017 enrollment and participation at the system level.

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BlendKit 2017

The next offering of the free course, BlendKit 2017: Becoming a Blended Learning Designer, begins on February 27, 2017 and lasts five weeks. The first webinar is Monday, March 6, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. (ET; -4 UTC). The open course will be offered at no cost.

Certification

Registered participants may also choose to pursue an official “UCF/EDUCAUSE Certified Blended Learning Designer” credential. Those who choose this more rigorous option will submit the materials they develop during the course for a portfolio review. This portfolio review is available for an $89 fee. Details regarding the portfolio requirements and a link to the payment form can be found within the course.

Those who meet the portfolio review expectations will earn a certificate from EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida, along with a digital badge that can be linked to the participant’s EDUCAUSE profile and displayed on professional and social networks.

This five-week course involves:

  • Expert and peer assessment and critique on design work
  • Regular interactions with facilitators and students
  • Blogging/social networking interaction opportunities
  • Weekly webinars with guest presenters
  • Document templates and practical step-by-step “how to” guides
  • Readings from scholarly works pertaining to blended learning


Objectives

This five-week course involves:

  • Expert and peer assessment and critique on design work
  • Regular interactions with facilitators and students
  • Blogging/social networking interaction opportunities
  • Weekly webinars with guest presenters
  • Document templates and practical step-by-step “how to” guides
  • Readings from scholarly works pertaining to blended learning




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Course Instructors

Sue Bauer

Sue Bauer

Instructional Designer, UCF Center for Distributed Learning

Sue Bauer is an instructional designer with the Center for Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida. Sue collaborates with faculty to deliver professional development opportunities, apply best practices in course development, and offers consultation and instructional design guidance. Sue’s special interest areas are project management for instructional designers in higher education, mobile teaching/learning, and MOOCs.

Dr. Baiyun Chen

Dr. Baiyun Chen

Instructional Designer, UCF Center for Distributed Learning

Dr. Baiyun Chen designs and delivers faculty professional development programs and teaches graduate courses on Instructional Systems Design. Her research interests focus on using instructional strategies in online and blended teaching and learning, professional development for teaching online, and application of emerging technologies in education. On related topics of online instruction, she has published 19 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and delivered more than 50 presentations at international and local conferences and events. She has also served as the Co-Managing Editor of the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository

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