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2020/2021 Teaching Formats and Expectations

Hybrid Face-to-Face

A highly flexible option that allows face-to-face interaction while keeping in-class numbers low enough for distancing. Key characteristics include:

  • Synchronous sessions, with students joining in person and remote.
    • In person: Some students attend in-person in the classroom or lab, usually on a rotating schedule, following social distancing guidelines and classroom caps.
    • Remote: Face-to-face sessions are streamed via Zoom (web conferencing) to the rest of the students, who connect remotely.
  • Maximized F2F time 
    • During face-to-face time, students have opportunities to ask questions or perform tasks that would be difficult to perform remotely. 
  • Supplemental online content
    • Additional content can be made available for access online, usually in Canvas (Asynchoronous). Using "blended-learning" strategies such as pre-recorded lecture material to shorten in-class lecture time can leave more time for after-class questions.
  • Exams proctored virtually or at testing center
    • Proctored exams offered through virtual proctoring where possible, with testing centers available as an option.
    • Proctored exams are not a requirement.

Web Broadcast

A completely remote, but scheduled, synchronous option. Key characteristics include:

  • Synchronous sessions via Zoom 
    • Students and teachers meet for class at the same time, but through a web conferencing system (Zoom). 
  • On-Campus origination preferred
    • Teachers are encouraged to teach on-campus, either in a scheduled classroom or in their office, to ensure a higher-bandwidth, more reliable Internet connection.
  • Supplemental online content
    • Additional content can be made available for access online, usually in Canvas (Asynchoronous).
  • Exams proctored virtually or at testing center
    • Proctored exams offered through virtual proctoring where possible, with testing centers available as an option.
    • Proctored exams are not a requirement.

Online

The most flexible remote option for students and teachers, but with significant pre-term setup requirements. Key characteristics include:

  • Content posted online for asynchronous access
    • Content, including pre-recorded lectures, is made available to students ahead of time. Students can access the content on their own time. 
    • Content is usually placed in Canvas, or at least linked to from Canvas.
  • Teachers maintain regular contact with students
    • Teachers post weekly announcements, provide detailed feedback, hold online office hours, and follow up with struggling students.
  • Students maintain regular progress through content
    • Although students do not meet at the same time, assignments have due dates throughout the semester that students are expected to meet.
  • Exams proctored virtually or at testing center
    • Proctored exams offered through virtual proctoring where possible, with testing centers available as an option.
    • Proctored exams are not a requirement.

Traditional Face-to-Face or IVC

This option exists when the class size is small and no students are being asked to quarantine for self-isolate for COVID-19 exposure. Given the high likelihood that students may be required to quarantine or self-isolate, instructors of traditional face-to-face or IVC classes should expect to use a hybrid face-to-face approach (noted above) at some time during the semester. 

Characteristics include:

  • Synchronous sessions held in person
    • Teachers and students meet together in their scheduled classroom or lab, following social distancing guidelines and classroom caps.
    • For Interactive Video Conference (IVC) classes, teachers and students meet together in IVC enabled-classrooms at their nearest regional campuses.
  • Readiness to include a remote option
    • A remote option may need to be provided if a student needs to self-isolate. Plans should be in place to handle such an eventuality.
    • All IVC classes are now created with a Zoom option so students can attend without going to a statewide campus. Instructors will teach from an IVC origination room unless circumstances require that they join remotely via Zoom.
  • Supplemental online content. 
    • Additional content can be made available for access online, usually in Canvas (Asynchoronous).

 

Virtual Office Hours Encouraged

Teachers are expected to continue to offer office hours and/or other arrangements that allow students to receive help. Where possible, virtual office hours using Zoom are encouraged. Other options include chat or phone availability, or even in-person office time if the student and teacher are healthy and follow guidelines for social distancing and face coverings.

Options that span formats

Blended (Applies to Hybrid F2F, Web Broadcast, and Traditional F2F and IVC)

blended class is one in which synchronous meetings occur, but less frequently than usual because more content is placed online for asynchronous access. Teachers who choose to systematically reduce the number of scheduled class times in favor of more asynchronous content should make their department schedulers and students aware in advance.

Hybrid face-to-face classes in which face-to-face sessions cannot be reasonably shared with remote students may, of necessity, need to take a blended approach. This may apply to labs and similar types of classes.

Blended learning requires careful planning and communication with students. If you plan to use a blended teaching method, please consult with CIDI for advice. Note that you can find much in the way of research and best practices for blended learning online.

Flipped (Applies to Hybrid F2F, Web Broadcast, and Traditional F2F and IVC)

flipped class is one in which no reduction of synchronous classtime occurs, but the teacher places more lecture content online in an effort to free up class time for more interaction and hands-on activity. Additional creativity on the teacher's part may be needed to use this teaching method in hybrid face-to-face classes, in particular.

Flipped teaching requires careful planning and communication with students.  If you plan to use a flipped teaching method, please consult with CIDI for advice. Note that you can find much in the way of helpful tips for flipped teaching online.