Category Archives: Hybrid Course Design

My hybrid course in a nutshell – Intro to Environmental Economics & Policy

My course is an introductory course to microeconomics with applications to the environment and environmental policy. The course focuses on solutions to environmental problems as seen through an economic perspective. Students will learn to use economic models and intuition to … Continue reading

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Redesigning MGMT 455 (Influence and Negotiation) as a hybrid course

Hello everyone, I am redesigning MGMT 455 (Influence and Negotiation) as a hybrid course that meets once per week. Enrollment will be capped at 45 students. Most students will be College of Business, Management Major Seniors. The overarching goal of … Continue reading

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A hybrid version of River Engineering in a nutshell

River Engineering and Restoration (BEE 446/546) is a design-based course in which students conduct field work, hydraulic modeling, and design calculations for a river restoration problem out in the community. Example projects include a small dam removal, replacing culverts that … Continue reading

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How I will “spice up” my hybrid course instruction

The pitfall I chose to address was #3, “Sage on the Stage”. Although I feel all of the pitfalls mentioned were important, I think it will be difficult for me as an instructor to move away from the podium style … Continue reading

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Avoiding Pitfall #1: Upload your course materials, then call it a day

I agree with the author of Five Common Pitfalls of Online Course Design that it can be a big–and perhaps all-to-common–mistake to simply transfer all the course materials to an online format and assume this will suffice. When I co-developed … Continue reading

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Make it personal. Assignments that focus on individual growth and helping others

Online Course Design Pitfall #5: Ignore the ways students learn from each other.  I try to avoid this pitfall by creating flexible assignments that focus on personalized learning outcomes rather than specific assignment instructions. For example, I create fairly open … Continue reading

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Avoiding pitfalls in online learning

Importance Peer to peer learning is an important skill to develop.  Students spend most of their adult life learning from their peers. Challenge Fostering peer based learning skills online is more challenging than in person learning. Solution In my hybrid … Continue reading

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Adding an instructor’s blog

This post comments on how I plan to avoid one of Elizabeth St. Germain’s five pitfalls of online course design. St. Germain challenges instructors to not just upload the usual class handouts onto a website, but rather, to “Step back … Continue reading

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Content Curator or Maestro?

Reflections of an aging quarterback I was recently describing my current place in academia to a new faculty member. The analogy I used was the gracefully aging quarterback who is excited to be surrounded by talented and dynamic running backs. … Continue reading

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Avoiding Pitfall #5: Students learning from each other

For this assignment, I am considering how I can attempt to avoid pitfall #5 and promote effective peer-peer teaching among students. I am somewhat skeptical of many attempts at students teaching students. There are many ways this can get off … Continue reading

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