Supporting Informal and Impromptu Conversations in Virtual Learning

In-person teaching allows for unplanned informal discussions before, during, and after class. These discussions are vital for creating and maintaining both strong and weak social ties among students and faculty. While such conversations are harder to recreate in a flex-hybrid classroom, it is possible - and this year, it might even be easier to have these conversations in a virtual space than a physical one. ... Read More
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Building Community at the Start of Your Course

The first day of class is a very important one in terms of creating community in any course, and particularly so in a flex-hybrid course. In fact, you can even start building community in advance of the first day. ... Read More
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Streamlined Communication Processes

An important part of building community is to develop shared expectations around the type, tone, and frequency of communication between people in the community. When designing a flex-hybrid course, you should make sure that everyone understands what communication channels you will use and how, and how often, you will use them. ... Read More
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Designing Class Discussions

There are many strategies and technologies available to maximize the impact of discussion in your course. If your teaching centers... ... Read More
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Classroom Expectations

How do you provide consistent patterns and rules that support the learning of all students? Are you able to set... ... Read More
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Articulating Shared Values

In all communities, both virtual and in-person, balancing freedom/openness and inclusivity/safety is a fundamental tension. This includes helping students set high expectations for... ... Read More
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Digital Polling Tools

Active learning activities such as polls and clicker questions test students’ comprehension on the fly. While some approaches to in-class... ... Read More
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Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)

CATs are Classroom Assessment Techniques. They are quick activities that help educators gauge students’ knowledge, skills and attitude development. CATs can... ... Read More
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