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Blended & Online Teaching : Distance Learning

What is Blended & Online Teaching : Distance Learning?

Instructional design and technology is a quickly growing field with a growing need for highly trained graduates. With the growing trend in online and blended learning in higher education, K-12 schools, and corporate employee training, the ability to create, manage and facilitate online learning is vital for educators in every field. UC’s Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) certificate program (formerly named Online Teaching and Learning) prepares students to meet this demand by offering an interdisciplinary program drawing from the fields of cognitive science, education, design, information technology, and computer science.

Blended and online learning and teaching are modern, technology-mediated distance learning modes that require specific skill sets combining facilitation, collaboration, management, learning design, and assessment. Teaching and facilitating courses in such environments requires understanding of the nature of online and blended learning experiences, how they differ from traditional classrooms, and how to overcome the challenges and leverage the benefits.

With a focus on teaching, the BOLT program leverages pedagogy, theory, instructional design, and user experience in order to prepare educators to develop and facilitate learning using online and digital tools. Students will learn to facilitate effective learning in online and blended learning environments, create strategies for assessment and accessibility, obtain mastery of contemporary learning technologies, and develop skills to be lifelong learners. Led by educators with proven success in the field, students will examine current and projected trends, experience authentic online classrooms, complete hands-on practice with eLearning authoring tools, and complete project-based assignments, developing the skills needed to design, manage, and lead their online classroom.

Success Factors

Instructors successful in the online and blended environment understand the challenges and benefits of developing, delivering and managing online and blended learning. They can successfully apply learning theory and sound pedagogical practices to the online environment and are focused on student success and delivering engaging, collaborative, active learning experiences. Educators in this field need to be able to collaborate with and accept feedback from colleagues in the field with the goal of continuous improvement of their courses. Willingness to learn new technology, flexibility, organization, and openness to new and innovative ideas are also key traits of successful educators in this field. Successful online educators should have a passion for creating e-learning opportunities learners can universally access and value and support a diverse group of learners.

Career Possibilities

  • K-12 online instructor
  • Higher education online instructor
  • Corporate online trainer
  • Online learning content developer
  • Technology professional development coordinator
  • E-learning consultant
  • Educational technology specialist

Special Programs

The Blended and Online Learning and Teaching graduate certificate is applicable to a wide range of educational environments including K-12, higher education, medical education, public education, and corporate training. Instructors in this certificate are current practitioners and leaders in the field, and course materials and activities incorporate the overarching methodology and latest trends in online teaching and learning.  Students will experience online learning first hand and practice the skills needed to succeed in the online teaching and learning in every stage of their coursework.

K-12 educators can take courses in the BOLT Certificate program at a reduced tuition rate. For more information, see here.

Freshman Admission Requirements

The University of Cincinnati welcomes graduate applications from students who:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency and

  • Have at least a B average (3.0/4.0 system) in relevant undergraduate coursework or otherwise give evidence of promise that is judged satisfactory by the admitting program and the Graduate School.

  • Goal Statement: A typewritten statement about professional goals should be submitted that includes brief narratives about: a) previous professional experiences; b) immediate and long-range goals; and c) how the BOLT certificate will help you to meet your goals.

Application Guidelines

The required documents for application are noted in the Criteria for Admission. Application to all graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati is fully online and all application materials. Please go to the Graduate School website to submit your application.

Application Deadline and Procedures

Prospective students will complete the on-line application for their requested program by the posted application deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted. Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.

Transcripts:

Providing academic records during the application process.

All applicants are required to upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Applicants should NOT send official transcripts as part of the application process.

Providing academic records after admission.

Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, s/he must submit an official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree or higher as soon as possible to the address below. The university defines “official” transcripts as transcripts that have been received from a secure, authenticated issuing institution and bears validation (e.g., a seal, logo, or watermark), including a date, and an appropriate signature. Official transcripts MUST be sent forward in their original, sealed envelope. The absolute final deadline for submission of official transcripts is one week before the start of the student’s first semester. Students will NOT be allowed to complete a full semester without providing verification of an earned baccalaureate degree or higher. Any discrepancy later found between student-provided unofficial transcripts and official transcripts will be grounds for dismissal. Official Transcripts should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail:  Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627


UC Alumni

Students who have received degrees from the University of Cincinnati do not need to submit official paper copies of their UC transcripts.

Students with degrees received in China

Applicants who have received degrees in China will upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Unofficial transcripts do NOT need to be verified at this stage of the application process.

After being accepted to join a graduate program

Applicants who have earned a degree in China must submit an English-version verification report from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) of their final transcripts and degree certificates.  All verification reports must be sent to the University of Cincinnati directly by the CDGDC to be considered official. No other verification will be accepted. Applicants with Chinese transcripts must contact the CDGDC after their degree is completed and request that their degree verification report be submitted directly to the University of Cincinnati. Students who request a verification report prior to degree conferral will be required to submit a second report after conferral.

Verification reports can be ordered at the following websites:

Verification reports are due to the Graduate School one week prior to the start of the student’s first semester. Failure to submit verification reports on time will result in a student being placed in non-matriculated status and loss of his/her student visa status. Verification reports should be sent to one of the following addresses:

 

Regular U.S. postal mail:  Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627


Gainful Employment Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, federal regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 [75 FR 66665 and FR 66832] by the U.S. Department of Education require postsecondary institutions that participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended, to disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution's GE Programs.

Generally, GE Programs include:

  • At public and private not-for-profit institutions: Title IV-eligible non-degree programs (e.g., certificate and diploma programs).
  • At for-profit institutions: All Title-IV eligible instructional programs, degree and non-degree.

The Blended Online Teaching and Learning Gainful Employment Disclosure can be reviewed here.

International Student Requirements

International student applicants are required to provide specific information about their transcripts or degree programs to facilitate the applicant review process, including transcript translation and evaluation by a recognized translation/evaluation agency. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or successful completion of ELS Level 112, is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Expectations for TOEFL scores are a minimum of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79-­-80 (internet-based test); a minimum score on the Test of Written English (TWE) of 4.5; and a minimum score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English. The TOEFL must have been taken within the two-­-year period preceding admission. The University of Cincinnati maintains an International Student Services Office (ISSO), which serves international students attending the University. For questions regarding international student information, contact the International Student Services Office at (513)556-4278.

Graduation Requirements

Graduating from this graduate certificate program requires:

  1. That the student be registered for at least one credit in their program in the academic year, after having met minimum degree course requirements to be considered a graduate candidate throughout the academic year.
  2. Have all NG, N, I, UP, SP and F grades removed for degree courses.
  3. Posting of satisfactory grades for the semester of graduation.
  4. Obtain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  5. Satisfactory completion of all applicable College and program requirements is provided by the major advisor filling out the Checklist for Completion of College/Department requirements for Graduation and sending it to the Graduate School.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadline and Procedures

Prospective students will complete the online application for their requested program by the posted application deadline.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted.  Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.

Term

Application Deadline

Notification By

Fall

July 1

August 1

Spring

November 15

December 15

Summer

April 1

April 15

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Degree in Blended & Online Teaching : Distance Learning

Full-Time Program Duration

1 Years

Location

Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria

Selective

Contact

PO BOX 210022
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: (513) 556-7109
Ann West
ann.west@uc.edu