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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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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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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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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Guide to Videoconference Teaching

Read on for user guidance on Zoom and Google Meet (the two most commonly used videoconferencing platforms at Champlain), or... ... Read More
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Effective and Adaptable Exams

The traditional college final exam takes place in a proctored classroom, within a set block of time. This introduces some... ... Read More
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Getting Started with InSpace

InSpace is a videoconferencing tool designed around a virtual space in which participants can move, interact in small groups, and... ... Read More
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