2018 Funding Program - 2nd Round
As part of the Blended Learning Initiative (BLI), the Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS) is pleased to announce a new round of funding for the design of blended courses.
Important – A blended course is designed such that some in-class time is substituted by equally meaningful online activities. This means that the in-class and online portions of a course are complementary and have been thoughtfully combined to meet the needs of the learner and the goals of the course. The online components are not an addition to a full course load but a purposeful substitution of some in-class activities.
Professors wishing to transform one or more "new*" courses into a blended format have until October 31, 2018 to submit a completed application form.
*This new round of funding is dedicated to the transformation of courses offered for the first time in a blended format.
Steps for obtaining funds
Step 1 | Application submission
Professors must return to the TLSS a completed proposal form no later than October 31, 2018, at 4 p.m.
Step 2 | Participation in a “Design●A●thon”
Professors whose proposal will be accepted will have to participate in a one day “Design●A●thon” scheduled for December 6, 2018 to:
- begin the process of designing a blended course with the support of the TLSS team of professionals;
- validate the work plan to be followed in the coming months; and
- get the first part of the funds provided for the design of blended courses.
Step 3 | Participation in a follow-up meeting
Professors who have obtained a first part of their funds will have to attend a follow-up meeting (according to an established schedule and their availability), within six months of the December “Design●A●thon”. The goal of this meeting will be to validate the status of their course, the needs associated with the continued development of their course, and obtain the remaining portion of their funds.
The following course rubric has been created to guide instructors in the development of quality blended courses. This is a living document and will continue to be edited, updated, and expanded to reflect best practices in course design.
We recommend that applicants of the Funding Program, and those interested in blended learning, read through the document and familiarize themselves with the terms and criteria guiding blended learning course design on campus.
Additional links referenced in the Quality Course Rubric are available below: