I have heard from faculty and students alike that hybrid courses are more difficult to manage than either fully in-person or entirely online courses. In preparation for the Spring 2020 semester, I have asked DCIE and Academic Technologies to create a series of workshops to help faculty explore the flipped learning model and best practices in online education. The new series of workshops will run from Dec. 1 to Dec. 18 and then again from Jan. 5 to Jan. 22
. For regular faculty who complete six or more of these workshops, we will provide a letter as recognition of your commitment to developing your teaching expertise. The letter can be submitted for use in future promotion and tenure reviews. In addition, faculty who complete six or more workshops will receive a high definition webcam, microphone, or document camera to facilitate successful delivery of flipped learning and online techniques.
Please see the full workshop schedule and register through the link below:
The two modalities, online and flipped, are described below. Both formats conform to physical distancing requirements but do not require faculty to simultaneously teach online and on-campus students during the same class session.
In addition, Dean of Undergraduate Studies Maria Stampino is compiling a compendium of best practices and lessons learned from our online and hybrid experiences this semester.
In a completely online course, there will be no on-campus meetings. Everything is delivered synchronously or asynchronously through technologies such as Zoom and Blackboard.
In a flipped learning course, students watch pre-recorded videos for content delivery, then faculty can have one synchronous class session with online students and another with on-campus students to engage in activities like discussions, research, case studies, and other forms of active learning.
I hope you take advantage of this professional development opportunity. If you have additional questions about this program, please contact Allan Gyorke at firstname.lastname@example.org or Maria Stampino at email@example.com.