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

During the summer 2014 semester, the ITS Instructional Design & Learning Technologies Center will offer Blending the Best of Both Worlds.

Blending the Best of Both Worlds is comprised of two independent components that explore the pedagogy and tools of the online and blended environments

  • The first component is the four week course design seminar offered during the summer semester.
  • The second component is a self-paced online training that incorporates the theory from the course design seminar, but focuses on developing the course design for your blended or hybrid course.


Participants who complete both components of Blending the Best of Both Worlds and submit a completely developed course shell for a quality review will be eligible to receive a course development stipend of $600. 


The course design seminar will feature discussions in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. The framework for the course design seminar is the book "Teaching Online: A Practical Guide" by Susan Ko and Steve Rossen. All participants will receive a copy of the book at the first face-to-face meeting.  

The seminar begins the week of May 19th and lasts through the week of June 9th. The introductory session for this cohort will be held on Monday, May 19th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. During weeks 2 and 3 of the seminar participants will be required to attend two of four synchronous face-to-face and online meetings.  Participants may choose not only which synchronous meeting they would like to attend, but how they would like to attend (either online or face-to-face). 

Other synchronous sessions will take place on:

  • Wednesday, May 28th  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Friday, May 30th  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 3rd  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 5th  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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. 


All teaching faculty and instructors can apply 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 Summer 2015.

Application Process

An online application for Blending the Best of Both Worlds is available at:

An application for the course design seminar must be accompanied by:

  • Letter of recommendation-This letter should be written by 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 and that the proposed course revision is aligned with the department and school/college's strategic goals related to online and blended curriculum.
  • Syllabus for the existing course. 

The application deadline was April 18th, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.  Late applications will not be accepted. Selected applicants will be notified by April 29th, 2014.

Questions about the program can be directed to members of the ITS Instructional Design & Learning Technologies Center by e-mail at or by phone at (618) 650-5500.

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