Curriculum: Certificate Blended Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT)

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August 23, 2021
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The Blended Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) program is designed for students to take two courses in the fall, and one-two courses in the spring and summer semesters (to complete the graduate certificate in one academic year).  By graduation, you will be able to understand the nature of blended and online learning, how it differs from traditional teaching approaches, and the challenges and benefits of teaching and learning in the blended and online environment.

Program Highlights

  • Learn current and projected educational technology trends
  • Gain authentic online experiences with hands-on practice with digital tools
  • Achieve competency-based concepts through project-based assignments
  • Obtain professional certification in a variety of recommended industry tools such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Common Sense and more!

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Multimedia Studio

This course covers the essential skills and techniques needed to create powerful multimedia products. Students will learn fundamental design principles and adopt a wide range of innovative technologies to generate new solutions for visual communication and multimedia representation. The course provides a dynamic interactive design space where students actively collaborate with peers, gain valuable hands-on experience, and exchange constructive feedback.

Applications and Issues of Teaching with Technology

This course provides an overview of the increasingly complex array of digital media and technology-based resources available for use in blended and online environments. Students will apply theory to practice to truly redefine lessons to enhance learning through technology. Students will also learn practical skills, ranging from facilitation skills needed to manage a technology-based class to troubleshooting technology problems. The course also explores burning issues surrounding educational technology such as inequalities and accessibility issues, technology distractions, internet safety, and other ethical issues.

Design of Blended and Online Learning Environments

This course guides students through the process of designing and developing successful online learning. Students will explore a variety of learning environments, learn how to incorporate instructional models, instructional strategies, and digital media effectively into the design process, and create a complete instructional unit that promotes learner engagement and motivation.

Universal Design for Learning

This course provides an overview of how the principles of Universal Design for Learning can be used to design online and blended learning experiences that meet the needs of diverse learners including those who are accelerated and those who are struggling for a variety of reasons. Special attention will be given to integrating technologies that support student engagement, authentic learning, and general accessibility supports.

Innovation and Technology Integration

This 1 credit experiential course offers learners hands-on experiences with innovative educational technology tools and practices. We will examine how innovation is changing the way we learn and teach and the challenges to integrating new technologies and practices into a range of learning environments. Topics change regularly to adapt to current educational technology trends.

Professional Learning Certifications in Instructional Design and Technology

Build you professional certification skillset by working together with other practitioners. In this 1 credit course, select a professional certification that will add value to and support your career goals in the field of education and instructional design. Evaluate the value of professional certifications and the ways the skills gained can support learners and colleagues in the field. Learn to use certifications to gain the data, tools, and perspectives necessary to improve your practice and inform future technology integration decisions. We will focus on selecting and completing a certification and sharing what you learned by leading a training for colleagues or students. Can be taken up to 3 times.

Applications of Design in eLearning

This 1 credit hour course offers a deep dive into visual design best practices aligned with learning theory. We will use a learner-centered approach to evaluating the visual design of a range of digital learning objects, examining how visual design affects memory and learning. Design projects will give students the opportunity to apply best practices to digital storytelling, digital presentation materials, and the design of live remote learning experiences.

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The University of Cincinnati is one of the first institutions to offer online courses. Innovation in education is at the forefront of what we do. We have expanded the convenience and quality of our online learning to online degree programs. Today, we offer nearly 100 degrees from undergraduate to doctoral programs.

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