Virtual Learning Spaces

There are four principles for making the virtual spaces in your course pleasant and conducive to learning: Keep them psychologically safe; Make them simple and familiar; Add visual appeal; Pay attention to physical comfort. ... Read More
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Inclusivity in Virtual Discussions

Making sure that everyone participates in class discussions is vital for building community in a flex-hybrid course. We know how to get students to participate in discussions in our physical classrooms, and the good news is that we can emulate those same techniques for virtual or hybrid class meetings as well. In some cases, it’s even easier to use these techniques virtually than in-person. This is because flex-hybrid teaching naturally lends itself to using a wider range of modalities for discussion, which allows a more diverse set of voices to “have the floor”. Here are some techniques that you can use to include everyone in your flex-hybrid class discussions. ... Read More
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Leveraging Google Sites

Google Sites is a website builder that works well for presenting simple information. The learning curve is relatively quick compared... ... Read More
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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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Developing Community with Breakout Discussion Groups and Other Group Work

Breakout group activities during synchronous class sessions can be a great way to build community, and although they require a bit more initial setup for video class sessions than in a fully in-person classroom, once you have the basic infrastructure in place, breakout groups are quite easy to manage. In fact, in some ways the management of virtual breakout groups is easier than in-person breakout groups. ... 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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Reducing “Zoom Fatigue”

"Zoom fatigue” is a real thing - it comes from the additional cognitive load imposed by trying to parse interpersonal interactions in a space where you can’t see a person’s full body and other physical cues that you get during in-person meetings. Here are some simple but effective ways to minimize Zoom fatigue. ... Read More
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Making Screen Reading Easier

As you’ve probably noticed, reading on a screen is hard! It strains the eyes - and research suggests that it reduces comprehension and concentration. In a flex-hybrid course, some screen reading is inevitable, but there are steps you can take to make it less taxing for your students. Here’s how. ... Read More
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Flex-Hybrid Teaching

Flex-Hybrid was the course model for the 2020-2021 academic year. It is not currently an option for regular Champlain courses.... ... Read More
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