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Initially, many faculty in higher education were apprehensive when courses went online in Spring 2020, but they eventually learned a lot about how to effectively teach online. The need for well-designed online courses for faculty in higher education is more prominent than ever-before in the wake of the COVID-19. As reluctant or apprehensive as faculty members were, the move to an online platform offered an opportunity to learn about diverse tools, resources, and innovative ways to teach both in the blended synchronous model and the asynchronous online model. Faculty and students encountered issues, but quickly learned to overcome these challenges. What COVID-19 taught faculty about the blended synchronous and asynchronous model illustrates that the blended model is ideal, and due to the benefits, faculty should continue to utilize the blended learning model with the blended learning tools and resources post COVID-19.