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Online & Hybrid Teaching Strategies


Expectations and resources to assist you with hybrid and online courses.

Courses will be taught on campus in hybrids of face-to-face and online formats during 7-week Mods. Multimodal courses promote low student density and physical distancing and decrease the amount of contact time in the classroom while still allowing learning outcomes best accomplished in person. For examples of various models

Some courses will be offered completely online, lowering congestion in academic buildings and freeing classroom space. This also allows the college to support students, faculty, and staff who are unable to be on campus. Beloit’s Advanced Mentoring Program and Career Channels will be operating in hybrid formats. For examples of various teaching models, review this guide:


Expectations and Recommendations for Online and Hybrid Teaching

The Teaching and Learning Initiative has compiled some minimal expectations and guidelines to help guide course design and implementation.

Expectations for online courses

  • A Learning Management System (LMS), (i.e. Moodle, Google Classroom, etc.)
  • Opportunities for students to engage synchronously with instructors and peers
  • Asynchronous access to course materials (for the benefit of all students including those in distant time zones or with limited connection capabilities)
  • Flexible class attendance policies that accommodate students missing class time due to illness and/or quarantine

Recommendations

  • Plan for significant synchronous components that foster deeper learning, collaboration, and/or community-building.
  • Work in some (potentially additional) synchronous components that can accommodate students in different time zones. Avoid always excluding students of certain time zones.
  • Engage students in group projects to counterbalance the isolation of online learning.
  • Utilize synchronous time in varied ways: some lecturing, some breakout rooms, or some student presentations/flipped-classroom teaching, etc., as appropriate for the course.

Expectations for hybrid courses

  • A Learning Management System (LMS) (i.e. Moodle, Google Classroom)
  • A plan to move off campus completely if necessary
  • Flexible class attendance policies that accommodate students missing class time due to illness and/or quarantine

Student expectations for online courses 

  • Clear course organization
  • Strong communication
  • Access to the instructor
  • Clear expectations
  • Empathy and flexibility

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