For over 10 years I have designed and developed blended courses. For the past eight years I have worked with faculty in higher ed and high school, assisting them with transitioning a face-to-face course to an online or blended model. In an attempt to structure or perhaps streamline the design approach, I have relied on the Quality Matters standards to guide me and them. I have found that most faculty are not designers. While they have developed (and are comfortable with developing) courses, not many have designed blended or online courses.
Most recently, I designed, developed, and facilitated a formal course, Introduction to Designing Online Courses. This is a graduate course for which faculty can earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit. So, while the UCF and Educause course is flexible, the course that I teach is more structured with required assignments and due dates. I hope that the UCF/Educause course will provide me with some new ideas and resources!