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

During the summer term, the ITS Instructional Design & Learning Technologies Center offers a course design seminar, Blending the Best of Both Worlds, which explores the pedagogy and tools of the online and blended environments.*


The course design seminar features a combination of lecture and hands-on application in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. This 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.

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.


All teaching faculty and instructors can apply for 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.

Application Process

Application forms will be online each spring. Applications 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. Late applications will not be accepted.

Are You Interested?

We are currently exploring a variety of delivery methods for the seminar. If you are interested in attending B3W, please complete a brief survey designed to help us understand your needs. The survey will also provide us with an efficient method of communicating with you when registration for the seminar opens.

Questions about the seminar can be directed to members of the ITS Instructional Design & Learning Technologies Center by email at or by phone at 618-650-5500.

* 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 - 74% of the course content is delivered online.

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