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Athabasca University

Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT)

Updating Teaching for Digital Learning

Are you interested in digital learning? Would you like to explore the latest digital technologies and teaching philosophies for educating 21st century learners?

BOLT offers K-12 professionals the opportunity to engage in meaningful professional development and to explore opportunities and innovative approaches in flexible, sustainable education.

Develop the skills and understanding to:

  • Expand your teaching opportunities and earn educational credentials.
  • Enhance pedagogy to support online, blended, and distance learning.
  • Apply current education and technology-based research and theory to teaching situations.
  • Collaborate and learn with your peers and contribute to a professional learning network.

Designed for the Working Professional

Utilizing Athabasca University’s Master of Education in Open, Digital and Distance Education course curriculum, BOLT is comprised of nine one-credit modules designed specifically for teaching professionals. Participants gain professional knowledge, building on and extending the art and craft of teaching in the digital world. BOLT provides busy educators access to graduate level studies at a manageable pace. Each BOLT module is delivered entirely online, offers a self-contained learning experience, and can be taken in any order. Schedules run counter to the intense periods of the K-12 calendar, allowing teachers the opportunity for immersive, sustained learning.

Assignments include relevant and current K-12 educational research alongside opportunities to create individual applications to teaching practice. Before, during, and after the program, participants are encouraged to connect with their professional learning community through the BOLT Multi-Authored Blog. This innovative online space seeks to nurture ongoing professional learning and engagement with current educational research.

This innovative module offering for the professional development of practicing teachers is offered through the graduate progrmas in Distance Education (DE) department.

Apply for BOLT

Important: If you already have an Athabasca University (AU) student ID number, please login using your AU student ID number before completing your application.

Apply Online – you will need to submit the BOLT application fee.

Once accepted into BOLT students may register for modules through their MyAU portal.

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Updated September 16 2021 by DE

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