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Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT), Specialized Study

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Dr. Dina Vyortkina
(850) 644-9623

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Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) web site.

Please note: The BOLT program courses are not being offered for the 2018-2019 academic year.

BOLT is a fully online program for graduate and selected undergraduate students that answers the Obama administration's call to improve digital learning in elementary and secondary education. Four fully online courses provide current and future teachers, administrators, and school counselors with advanced knowledge, skills, and competencies that are necessary for effective K-12 e-learning and e-teaching. Growing trends in online and blended education, ever-changing technologies, and new innovative and engaging instructional strategies for modern learners require educators to have new knowledge and skills. America's education system is transforming rapidly, so be one of the first to become a successful online teacher!


Accredited regionally through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Method of Delivery


Time or Location Requirements

Asynchronous courses with occasional synchronous videoconferences and guest speaker presentations.

Time to Completion

If a student takes EDG5073 and EDG5074 in summer, EDG 5075 in fall, and EDG5076 in spring it will take 3 semesters. Cohorts start every summer semester


K-12 educators and administrators who successfully complete BOLT courses will be able to design, develop, deliver, and evaluate online and blended instruction effectively.

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • EDG5073 Foundations of Blended and Online Learning and Teaching K-12 (3)
    This course aims to provide instruction to the field of blended and online learning and teaching in K-12 environments through presenting a glossary of fundamental terms, key concepts, and best practices based on national standards for development of online teachers and teaching. Learners explore e-learning, theories, tools, advantages and disadvantages of blended and online learning, and critical success factors for effective implementation of the practices. They practice beginning to incorporate what they are learning and applying it to their own instruction.
  • EDG5074 Pedagogy of Blended and Online Learning and Teaching K-12 (3)
    This course contributes to and improves the skills of K-12 teachers, school leaders, and other educational personnel to successfully incorporate blended instruction in their classrooms, as well as those who teach in online environments. The course introduces the concept of digital pedagogy--- art, craft, principles, and methods of instruction in blended and online K-12 learning environments to engage modern learners and provide the best learning experiences for diverse students.
  • EDG5075 Technologies for Blended and Online Learning and Teaching K-12 (3)
    This course offers opportunities for participants to explore technologies, strategies, and tools to enhance learning, teaching, assessment, and communication in blended and online learning environments in K-12 schools. It is guided by National Standards for Quality Online Teaching (NACOL, 2010).
  • EDG5076 Issues, Trends, and Practices in Blended and Online Learning and Teaching K-12 (3)
    This course offers opportunities for participants to use their skills and knowledge for K-12 learners in blended and online environments and demonstrate their practical application for design, development, and delivery of their blended or online course to their classmates, by using various technologies and principles of digital pedagogy. Students also explore, analyze, and reflect upon the latest national and international trends related to developing online initiatives.

Total Credit Hours


Program Requirements

All BOLT students need to be fingerprinted and pass a background check to participate in activities with Florida Virtual School as part of the program requirements. Students need to acquire a GPA 3.0 for all BOLT courses and all courses need to be completed within 3 years.


The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2018-19 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

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