Many faculty and staff are working hard (and overtime) providing trainings, resources, consultations, and Zoominars to help everyone be ready for fall. In CTL we are continually adding online/hybrid teaching resources to our website with many links to the Zoominars we’ve hosted including Teachers Noticing Teachers (TNT) with Matt Rouffet, Jaclyn Hadjipieris, Denise Necoechea, and Gayle Sollfrank.
As you continue to design and create course content for online/hybrid delivery it can be helpful to extend your thinking beyond just content delivery to forms of student interaction. Many online educators find it helpful and informative to focus on creating a student-centered course using three forms of interaction for students in the online/hybrid environment and mapping out where they are happening in your day to day assignments and activities:
- Student-student interaction: Instructors intentionally create a learning community, making clear how students should interact with others in the class.
- Student-instructor interaction: Instructors intentionally create a framework for how and how often they will interact with students throughout the course, setting a tone of support, encouragement and high expectations.
There are so many ways to create these different types of engagement, and so they are open to your creativity, content expertise, and nuance. When all three interactions are working together, they can help us meet broad goals for learning, critical thinking, and community in our classes. Engagement, however, will not happen on its own; it must be intentionally built, requiring planning, effort and instructional design. And while teaching using a hybrid model or complete online instruction will not feel the same as a face-to-face class, it can be a rewarding and dynamic learning experience for students and faculty alike.
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