Blended Online Learning and Teaching : Online
Why study Blended Online Learning and Teaching : Online?
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.
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.
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.
Please refer to the policy provided by the Graduate School at https://grad.uc.edu/admissions/policy.html
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.
- 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
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. See professional development information.
Graduating from this graduate certificate program requires:
- 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.
- Have all NG, N, I, UP, SP and F grades removed for degree courses.
- Posting of satisfactory grades for the semester of graduation.
- Obtain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
- 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.
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. Application deadlines are as follows:
Fall: July 1
Spring: November 15
Summer: April 1
PO BOX 210022
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Program Code: 18GC-BOLT-GC-.BOLT-DL