Recently, EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida (UCF) announced the availability of BlendKit2017: Becoming a Blended Learning Designer, a five-week course developed to provide facilitated assistance to faculty members and instructional designers in developing and designing blended courses. The MOOC is the fifth iteration of the EDUCAUSE and UCF partnership.

BlendKit2017 will be facilitated by UCF Center for Distributed Learning instructional designers Dr. Baiyun Chen and Ms. Sue Bauer. The course is free and open to any learners. Course registrants can also elect to participate in a low-cost certification track, which includes a full portfolio review and, upon completion, offers a certificate from EDUCAUSE and UCF and a digital badge.

The course also includes:
● Expert and peer assessment and critique on design work
● Blogging and social networking interaction opportunities
● Weekly webinars with guest presenters
● Document templates and practical step-by-step “how to” guides
● Interactive activities for institutional groups participating together

The program encourages institutional cohorts—making it possible for faculty and staff from the same college or university to participate in BlendKit2017 as a shared experience. Institutions with faculty cohorts receive custom coaching in strategies to extend the impact of BlendKit after the course. Continuing education units (CEUs) are also available. Details on local cohort options are available at http://bit.ly/blendkitlocal_recording.

A short on the BlendKit course speaking to the course design and participant experience can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2lv5y69.

The BlendKit2017 course begins Feb. 27, 2017, and registration is currently open on Canvas Network at https://www.canvas.net/courses/becoming-a-blended-learning-designer-3. Those interested in the course can also follow along on Twitter at #BlendKit2017.

About The University of Central Florida
America’s Partnership University: The University of Central Florida, one of the nation’s largest universities with more than 64,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visit http://today.ucf.edu.

About EDUCAUSE
EDUCAUSE is a higher education technology association with a membership of more than 2,300 colleges, universities, and educational organizations, including over 350 corporations. The organization has an estimated 68,000 active members in over 40 countries. The EDUCAUSE annual conference is considered one of the best technology conferences in higher education. EDUCAUSE holds over 20 face-to-face events each year that reach approximately 11,500 individuals, with thousands more involved in online events. The association produces various publications for its members including the award-winning EDUCAUSE Review, with a bimonthly print circulation of 22,000 and online unique monthly views of 100,000.

About Instructure
Instructure Inc. is the software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter. With a vision to help maximize the potential of people through technology, Instructure created Canvas and Bridge to enable organizations everywhere to easily develop, deliver, and manage engaging face-to-face and online learning experiences. To date, Instructure has connected millions of teachers and learners at more than 1,600 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world. Learn more about Canvas for higher ed and K-12, and Bridge for the corporate market at www.Instructure.com.

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