UT Online

Introduction to Online Learning

If you are a University of Toledo instructor and are interested in teaching an online or blended course, please contact your department chair and Lance Stoll.

The University of Toledo definitions for DL and BL courses are as follows:

Distance learning (DL) course: in an online course the student and instructor are separated by distance and connected via technology (Web, CD-ROM, ISDN lines, IP Video) for at least 70% of the course content and course interaction.

Blended (BL) course: a course is taught with both face-to-face components and online activities that utilize the best of both approaches to enhance student learning.  Seat time must be reduced so that online pedagogy can be seamlessly integrated into blended courses. To make full use of classrooms especially those mediated classrooms (such as echo rooms); the University of Toledo defines blended courses as courses with at least 50% reduction of seat time and 50% of its contents and activities being conducted outside the classroom.

At The University of Toledo, faculty are able to focus on instruction and learning outcomes because Learning Ventures provides comprehensive service, support, and development.

Using a team-based approach, staff within the Learning Ventures assist faculty in many areas of the design and development phase.

Some of the services provided to faculty include:

  • Instructional design and consultation
  • Online course management consultation
  • Quality Matters course review
  • Faculty development courses and workshops
  • Blackboard training sessions
  • Respondus software training
  • Interactive learning objects
  • Multimedia production services
  • Technical, pedagogical, and course administrative support
  • Online faculty resources
  • Research & trends regarding teaching online


Last Updated: 10/1/15