Full course description

Starts February 23, 2015

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.

BlendKit 2015

The next offering of the free course, BlendKit 2015: Becoming a Blended Learning Designer, begins on February 23, 2015 with a 30-minute orientation session at 2:00 p.m. (ET; -4 UTC) and lasts five weeks. 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

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Rohan Jowallah

Dr. Rohan Jowallah

Instructional Designer, UCF Center for Distributed Learning

Dr. Rohan Jowallah has worked in education for over twenty years and has international experience, having taught in the Caribbean, England and USA. His teaching experience includes teaching online, face-to-face and blended modes of course delivery. Rohan holds an Ed.D. in Language and Literacy in Education from the University of Sheffield in England; ME.d. in Special Needs and Inclusion Studies from The Open University in England; BSc in Psychology from The Open University in England; Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Wolverhamptom in England and ASc in Secondary Education from Bethlehem Moravian College in Jamaica and a certificate in Social Work from The University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies.

Rohan’s roles at UCF as an instructional designer includes assisting faculty as they transition into online teaching and learning. In addition, he has an active research agenda which focuses on online learning pedagogies, literacy and inclusion. He also works part-time as an adjunct for the University of Central Florida and The University of the West Indies Open Campus.

Sue Bauer

Ms. Sue Bauer

Instructional Designer, UCF Center for Distributed Learning

Sue Bauer began working in the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) at the University of Central Florida as an intern during the summer semester of 2000, while completing her Masters degree in Instructional Technology/Instructional Systems. Following the internship, Sue was offered a faculty position as an Instructional Designer at CDL.

Sue holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology/Instructional Systems and enjoys the ongoing discoveries in online teaching, learning, and their ever-changing technologies.