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Blending the Best of Both Worlds: Teaching and Learning in the Online and Blended Environments

During the summer 2013 semester, ITS will again offer "Blending the Best of Both Worlds," a seven-week course design seminar that explores the pedagogy and tools of the online and blended environments. In an online course, the majority of the course content (75+%) is delivered online. In a blended course, where online and face-to-face delivery methods are both utilized, between 30 and 74% of the course content is delivered online.

Provided that s/he meet certain benchmarks during and following the course, each participant will receive an iPad mini to keep for the length of her/his employment with the University.

Overview

The course design seminar will feature a combination of lecture and hands-on application in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. This seven-week seminar will require five or more hours of face-to-face or independent activity per week. Participants must be able to attend all online or face-to-face activities in order to be considered for inclusion.

Due to high demand, two cohorts of "Blending the Best of Both Worlds" will be offered during the summer 2013 semester. Applicants can specify their preferred cohort on the application form.

The first cohort begins the week of May 13th and lasts through the week of June 24th. The introductory session for this cohort will be held on May 14th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (lunch will be provided).  Other face-to-face sessions will take place on May 31st (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.), June 14th (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.), and June 27th (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.). Synchronous online activities will be offered at multiple times during the other weeks so participants will be able to select which session they will attend.

The second cohort begins the week of June 24th and lasts through the week of August 5th.  The introductory session for this cohort will be held on June 25th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (lunch will be provided).  Other face-to-face sessions will take place on July 12th (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.), July 26th (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.), and August 8th (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.). Synchronous online activities will be offered at multiple times during the other weeks so participants will be able to select which session they will attend.

At the conclusion of the course design seminar, participants will submit an updated, detailed syllabus for the course as it will be taught in an online or blended format. A copy of the syllabus for the existing course should be submitted with the application. To demonstrate the application of the seminar concepts and resources, participants must also develop their online or blended course in the learning management system.

Eligibility

All teaching faculty and instructors can register for inclusion in the course design seminar. There will be an effort to provide even distribution of participants from the applicants from the various schools/colleges.

Eligible applicants must have an existing face-to-face course that will be converted into an online or blended course. This course must have the support of the department and school/college administration to be offered in an online or blended format. The newly designed course must be eligible to be offered in the new format by the following summer semester (SU14).

Application Form

An application for the course design seminar must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the instructor/faculty member's department chair. If the person submitting the application is the chair of their department, the letter of recommendation must come from the dean of the school/college. The letter of recommendation should state that the applicant has the support of the department and school/college administration to teach in online or blended formats.

Click here to complete the application form.  The application deadline is March 28th, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.  Late applications will not be accepted.  Selected applicants will be notified by April 5th, 2013.

Questions about the program can be directed to members of ITS' Instructional Design and Learning Technologies Center.

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