Building Community in Hybrid and Online Learning

In common usage we often use the word “community” to refer to physical spaces. Because of this, it can be easy to feel that creating a classroom community in a virtual space is difficult or even impossible. But in fact, Gen Z knows that all of the aspects of community can be (even more) successfully created in a flex-hybrid course - and doing so only rarely requires more work for an instructor than for fully in-person classes. (Really!) ... Read More
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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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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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