Are you scheduled to teach an online or blended course? If so, the Online and Blended Teaching Program—also known as OBTP—can help! OBTP provides practical pedagogical strategies for teaching an online or blended course. OBTP is supported by research and has been developed by CETL staff members with firsthand experience teaching online and blended courses. The six core modules in OBTP include:
OBTP focuses on pedagogical practices but does NOT provide training on technology tools.
OBTP is offered in three formats to meet the diverse needs and preferences of UWM instructors:
- Online self-paced
- Online synchronous
- Face-to-face (not currently available due to social distancing)
You are welcome to mix and match the online formats and to attend sessions more than once. For example, you could attend two online synchronous workshops and then complete the rest of OBTP in the online self-paced site, or if you need a refresher on any of the six core modules, you can register for another online synchronous workshop when it fits your schedule. If you have completed OBTP in the past and would like to review the materials, you are welcome to enroll in the self-paced course and attend the online synchronous sessions.
All three formats provide the same content to help you develop and deliver an online or blended course.
Online Self-Paced Offering
The online self-paced format is offered through a dedicated Canvas course site. This is a good option for instructors who prefer to review content on their own time and at their own pace. The site is designed for self-paced training and to provide just-in-time resources for instructors who are teaching online and blended courses. The online self-paced offering contains content related to the six core modules. Each module also includes a 10-question multiple-choice quiz focused on the content of that module; participants who earn 80% or better on all six quizzes will receive the OBTP Badge of Completion (see below). Each module includes an asynchronous discussion space for participants to ask questions related to the content.
Online Synchronous Offerings
The online synchronous offerings of OBTP are a series of six, one-hour sessions that take place online using the Collaborate Ultra web conferencing tool. This is a good option for instructors who are at a distance and want to ask questions in real time. The first half of each session will provide content related to the workshop topic, and the second half will focus on participant questions. The six workshops offered in this series are:
- OBTP 1: Overview of Online and Blended Teaching
- OBTP 2: Assessing Your Students
- OBTP 3: Delivering Content
- OBTP 4: Building Community
- OBTP 5: Supporting Your Students
- OBTP 6: Evaluating Your Course
Face-to-Face (F2F) Offerings
Due to social distancing measures, OBTP will not be offered F2F in Summer 2020.
Badge of Completion
Earning the OBTP Badge of Completion indicates that you have an understanding of the fundamental pedagogical principles for teaching online and blended courses. You can add this digital badge to your LinkedIn account or to your professional website, and you could mention it on your CV or as part of a university promotion package.
- You can earn the OBTP Badge of Completion in multiple ways:
- Score 80% or better on all six quizzes in the Online Self-Paced Canvas course site
- Attend all six workshops in the online synchronous series
- Attend the OBTP F2F offering (not currently available due to social distancing)
- Mix and match the above options
For example, you could attend three online synchronous workshops and then complete the remaining three modules in the online self-paced Canvas site. CETL staff members will track participation in the online self-paced site and attendance in the online synchronous workshops. You do not have to apply for the OBTP Badge of Completion; it will be awarded to you when you have completed all six modules in either the online self-paced site or the online synchronous offerings (or a combination of both).
Earning the OBTP Badge of Completion should take approximately 2-3 hours in the online self-paced offering. The online synchronous offerings are each scheduled for one hour, so earning the Badge of Completion entirely through this method would take 6 hours.
Certificate in Online and Blended Teaching
The Certificate in Online and Blended Teaching is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Office of the Provost to illustrate evidence of sound pedagogical course design and practice in online or blended teaching. This certificate is different than the Badge of Completion. You need to have fully taught an online or blended course at UWM before you can apply for this certificate.
To receive the Certificate in Online and Blended Teaching, you need to:
- Earn the OBTP Badge of Completion
- Deliver an online or blended for-credit course at UWM
- Apply for the certificate and submit a brief reflection
- Have your online or blended course evaluated by a CETL staff member and a former certificate recipient
Please contact Dylan Barth in CETL with questions or interest in participating in the Online and Blended Teaching Program (OBTP).