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This site contains a series of Brief Hybrid Workshops (BHWs) on Teaching Well Online. BHWs are designed to address the professional development crisis of faculty members desiring and needing knowledge/skills related to teaching and learning but lacking the time to participate in traditional faculty development workshops. In...
This site contains a series of Brief Hybrid Workshops (BHWs) on Teaching Well Online. BHWs are designed to address the professional development crisis of faculty members desiring and needing knowledge/skills related to teaching and learning but lacking the time to participate in traditional faculty development workshops. In contrast to traditional workshops, BHWs are more focused, portable, and require 15 minutes or less to complete. An important component of a BHW is a well-crafted, Internet-accessible, media presentation lasting 5 minutes or less. Such media presentations can convey information or present instructional challenges and/or solutions effectively and efficiently. Wrapped around the media presentation is an active learning group activity related to the topic. BHWs have the capability of raising awareness of important teaching and learning issues, and quickly engaging faculty to encourage more informed practice.
This is an excellent collection of easy to use and accessible mini-workshops on a variety of issues related to teaching online courses. Each workshop includes opening discussion questions, a short 5-minute or less video or interactive learning object, and a few follow-up discussion questions. These could easily be worked into a department meeting for discussion without taking up too much time. The information is high quality and in many cases, creatively engaging. While the majority of the videos address issues particular to online teaching and learning, many of the workshops could also be applicable to any hybrid courses or courses that include some online content. Topics range from building community within an online course, to using different softwares and 2.0 tools, to assessment, to structuring online discussions and group activities. There is a plethora of knowledge shared and modeled by experienced instructors. The information is also not specific to any one discipline and could be easily adapated to meet any department's unique needs.
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