Document Type


Publication Date

January 2012


Social and Behavioral Sciences


Distance education is constantly evolving and improving. To stay current, effective online instructorsmust utilize the most innovative, evidence-based teaching methods available to promotestudent learning and satisfaction in their courses. One emerging teaching method,referred to as blended online learning (BOL), involves collaborative education across multipleuniversity settings. In this article, we describe an inter-university educational collaboration designedto connect students from various academic institutions using the BOL teaching method.The article begins with an overview of the theoretical framework that informs the BOL method,followed by an overview of the method and its key components. Benefits of this collaborativelearning effort to students, educators, universities, and the profession are also provided. The articleculminates with implications for using the BOL method with rehabilitation educators, includingcollaborative teaching tips for working in educator and student teams.