About This Blog

OSU Campus - autumn foliage and MUWelcome! This blog is for the reflections of faculty in the Oregon State University Hybrid Course Development Program, and all who would like to join in to comment on the topic of blended learning and the particular challenges of design, development and delivery of blended courses.

If you’d like to find out more about this program, visit the Hybrid Course Initiative of the OSU Center for Teaching and Learning.  And for more about online learning at OSU, visit Ecampus.

 

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3 Responses to About This Blog

  1. Rafael Fernandez says:

    Hi HFLC,

    I am a TA at Arizona State University currently developing a Hybrid course for a social science oriented course on climate change. The class has been developed for at least 350 students, it will be thought as a hybrid course meeting only once a week and most materials will be offered online. I am writing you because I have a consult: in your experience, what are the best activities for this type of class? I am aware of the fact that most activities are along the lines of online quizzes and discussion boards, but I am interested in knowing what other activities—to be conducted during f2f session— do you usually use. Are these activities actually a good idea? For example, we have been thinking that we could use some role playing activities (i.e. assigning students with roles on fictional corporations or governmental agencies and discussion climate change) but as you can imagine, dealing with so many students is extremely complex. These activity (ies) should account for %35 of the class final grade and can involve (perhaps must involve) students working in groups. What do you think, any advice? Thank you!

  2. Karen Watte says:

    About a year ago I attended an excellent presentation by Dr. Teresa Balser about how she taught a very large Environmental Sciences class at U. of Florida. She made extensive use of small groups as her thought was this ‘makes a big class feel small’. Some of her F2F activities involved having small groups interact with each other…for example, having one group represent an ‘invasive species’ and then having it invade another group who were tasked with identifying it using yes/no questions and then createing a management plan for dealing with it. She also made extensive use of peer facilitators for the groups — using undergrads who had experience or grad students to help in these roles. (I think the use of these student facilitators really helped with management of the larger class.) She also used case studies, guest speakers with accompanying activities, and authentic assignments to engage the class during their F2F meetings.

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