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Blended in 9

Blended learning is the "thoughtful fusion of face-to-face and online learning experiences…such that the strengths of each are blended into a unique experience…Blended learning is a fundamental redesign that transforms the structure of, and approach to, teaching and learning" (Garrison and Vaughan, 2008). Join our nine-week course development series, Blended in 9, to produce a high-quality, high-impact course. Throughout the series, you will design an organized course structure, meaningful learning experiences, and high-quality assessments for both in-class and online learning environments. By the end of the nine weeks, you will have a peer-reviewed course design ready to go. Master the best of both worlds by signing up now for our new series. The group will meet face-to-face every other week with online activities on the non-meeting weeks. 

Meets on Wednesdays 2-4pm on odd weeks and online during even weeks.  If you have any questions about Blended in 9, please contact CTL.


Online in 9

Take your online course to the next level by participating in a 9-week series designed to help you efficiently develop or redesign your course.  By the end of the series, you will have a completely finished course site, confidence with new technologies and strategies for managing your time and students. This series is designed to fit into your schedule with a combination of face-to-face and online activities structured to keep your course development on track. Join your colleagues in an interdisciplinary small group to share ideas and learn new tools and strategies guided by research-based, national standards.

Space in this program is limited to courses that contribute to UMSL NOW.


DIY with a Guide

The DIY with a Guide program is a structured program offering faculty an opportunity to design a course in collaboration with an instructional designer in the CTL. This program is reserved for those faculty who have already successfully completed Online in 9. It is structured to build on what you learned in Online in 9 to design a next-level, quality-assured online course with carefully integrated technologies and instructional strategies to achieve course goals. The cohort will meet 4 times to share ideas and get valuable feedback from peers. The program consists of 4 modules spread out over the 9 week period: Designing, Building, Testing, and Reflecting. The central components of the program are built around Chickering and Ehrmann's framework, “Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever.” At the end of the semester, faculty participants will have a completely designed, quality-assured course ready to offer students.
Cohort dates listed on registration form.


Intercampus Course Sharing

The Intercampus Course Sharing Initiative from University of Missouri-System allows faculty from any of the UM campuses to teach an online course that can be taken by students at other UM campuses. Faculty or departments interested in the Course Sharing process will need to complete a proposal for the course(s) they intend to share to other campuses. Stipends are available for applicable development and coordination costs associated with building the course and/or transitioning it online. 

Other Resources

Online Course Timeline
This timeline can help you understand the cycle of resetting and teaching your online course each semester. 


During the Online in 9/Blended in 9/DIY with a Guide series, you will completely design and develop one online/blended course for delivery at UMSL at a future date and receive constant feedback from instructional designers and colleagues in your cohort group. At the end of the series, two instructional designers will review your course to give you extensive feedback and ensure that the course is ready to go for your students. Your course will be reviewed according to these five pillars of effective course design. When your course meets these quality assurances and is ready for course delivery, your stipend will be released.

Pillar 1: Initial Student Experiences

The course design includes a complete syllabus, an opportunity for students to meet others in the course early on, and a welcome folder containing materials needed for online student success.

Pillar 2: Interaction and Engagement

The course design includes frequent, meaningful, and relevant opportunities for students to interact with the instructor, the content and one another. The syllabus specifies a realistic timeline for instructor response to messages and feedback on assignments.  

Pillar 3: Learning Objectives and Assessment

The syllabus includes the course goal(s) with specific and measurable learning objectives for each content module. The course design includes varied, systematic and regular assessments of learning appropriate for the level of the course that correspond to those objectives.

Pillar 4: Learner Support

The course materials, activities, and assessments are varied and relevant to the course, clearly explained, and accessible to all students. The course includes current links to necessary student supports and policies.

Pillar 5: Course Structure

The course design is organized in time-based or thematic modules with clear instructions about how to navigate the course. Each module includes a timespan for completion and a checklist of deadlines and point values. The Grade Center is organized and reflects the grading criteria and structure specified in the syllabus.