Our Initiatives

Open Resource Communities

Blended Learning Logo

The Blended Learning Toolkit is a free, open repository of information, resources, models, and research related to blended learning. Funded by a Next Generation Learning Challenge Wave 1 grant, the Toolkit is a collaboration between the University of Central Florida and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. In this section you will find introductory information about blended learning and the Toolkit.

TOPR Logo

The Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) is a public resource for faculty and instructional designers interested in online and blended teaching strategies. Each entry describes a strategy drawn from the pedagogical practice of online/blended teaching faculty, depicts this strategy with artifacts from actual courses, and is aligned with findings from research or professional practice literature.

TOPkit Logo

The Teaching Online Preparation Toolkit (TOPkit) website is a comprehensive resource that provides the postsecondary community with the essential elements required to ensure a very high quality online faculty development program, including a sample course that may be imported into any learning management system and then customized. The links below walk you through a three-step process for planning, developing, and evaluating your program along with supporting resources.

Webcourses@UCF Integrations

Obojobo Logo

Obojobo is UCF’s new online tool that provides a multifaceted interface capable of building, containing and utilizing instructional components. These components, basic in structure and rich in media capabilities, are designed to include innovative help features and assistive guidelines to better support designers and authors throughout the development process.

Materia Logo

Materia is designed to supplement traditional web courses with a form of interactive media that we call widgets. The beauty is in the convenience: it is a platform that allows us to host a variety of widgets, track usage, and report on your students’ progress. In the end, our goal is to enhance the way online learning is delivered by providing a tool that puts instructors and students at the helm of education.

ProctorHub Logo

ProctorHub is an integration that assists faculty members with quiz and exam authentication while helping to curb cheating. By utilizing test takers’ webcams, and the modern features of current web browsers, we have been able to develop a program that captures the test taking process. If any complication or issue is suspected, the instructors are able to go back and investigate.

UDOIT Logo

The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, “You Do It”) enables faculty to identify accessibility issues in Webcourses@UCF. It will scan a course, generate a report, and provide resources on how to address common accessibility issues.

Our Podcasts

TOPcast Logo

The Teaching Online Podcast (TOPcast), hosted by Dr. Thomas Cavanagh and Dr. Kelvin Thompson, is a monthly podcast for online and blended learning professionals conducted over a shared cup of coffee.

Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching Banner

Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching is offered each semester showcasing collegial dialogue around best practices in online teaching. They are co-presented by the Center for Distributed Learning and members of the UCF teaching faculty. These seminars are highly focused (i.e., 30 minutes for presentation and discussion), include numerous “take-away” resources, and are recorded for later review. Customized versions of each seminar are also available in podcast form.