is a thank you to Cub Kahn in the Center for Teaching and Learning and Ecampus.  He is instrumental across OSU in leading discussions surrounding best practices in hybrid design.  It’s been my pleasure to work with him this year in both the College of Ed Winter Design Study Group and in the OSU Hybrid Course Redesign.

The Hybrid Course Redesign Initiative led by Cub brings together a learning community of instructors from across OSU. Guest speakers provide insights into related opportunities and glimpses into what is happening regarding hybrid and online design at OSU.  At the end of the course, OSU instructors present about their courses.  Our very own Julie Gess-Newsome has a nicely done screencast on the use of LiveBinders in her elementary science methods course. By far the most viewed presentation is Eric Weber’s about SED 412/512.  Recently, I presented this Prezi about my hybrid course redesign journey and course design called The Journey.

Find out more about the Hybrid Course Redesign funding and application.  The next deadline is June 12th.  There will be opportunities next year as well.

Here are a few useful resources related to hybrid courses that Cub shared this year.  In addition, Cub made an informative post, Moving Toward Universal Design, that introduces Universal Design and key people at OSU who work with it.  He also contributed Ideas for Assignments Using Social and Mobile Tools.   Check them out!

In a nutshell, thank you Cub!

Cherry blossoms and MU on OSU Quad “Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design” –Ron Mace, NCSU Center for Universal Design

 Though the term “universal design” has been used since the ‘70s, full application of the principles of universal design to teaching and learning in higher education is still very much in process. Martha Smith and Gabe Merrell, two OSU campus leaders in universal design and accessibility, met with the College of Education Hybrid Study Group on March 5 to discuss universal design for instruction. Martha is Director of Disability Access Services, and Gabe is Senior Accessibility Associate and Deputy ADA Coordinator in the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Gabe and Martha emphasized the importance of considering universal design up front in the development of teaching materials, instructional methods and means to assess student learning. They also noted that universal design benefits all learners. The principles of universal design offer guidance for the design of all elements of an instructor’s toolkit, from syllabi to presentation style, to class activities and exams. As OSU serves an increasingly diverse student population, universal design can enhance learning in the classroom, the lab, in the field, and online.

In what ways are you implementing universal design in your teaching?

To find out more, contact, or check out the Center for Universal Design in Education.

Google-apps-ne-besplatenLooking for some new ideas for course assignments that leverage social and mobile tools?!?

Social Teaching by Design offers half a dozen sample assignments–flipbooks, mindmaps, photoquotes, infographics, flashcards and social bookmarking–along with info about appropriate tools for student collaboration.  This article was recommended by Karen Watte, Ecampus faculty and course development specialist, on the Ecampus diigo (social bookmarking) site that indexes more than 200 links dealing with resources, research and tools for blended and online teaching and learning.

Check them out! last hybrid study group session was a lively discussion about Universal Design led by Gabriel Merrell, Interim Associate Director in the OSU Office of Equity and Inclusion and Martha Smith, Director of Disability Access Service.

Join us March 19th from 10-11:30 in Furman 405.  Cub Kahn from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will wrap up our sessions with some additional hybrid related resources, such as Quality Matters.  We will discuss potential opportunities and collaborations with the CTL.  Come for discussion and refreshments!

In the meantime, check out the Hybrid Resources under the Resources tab on this site.  Explore some of the previous posts Cub made on this site here and here. Design for Teaching and Learning is the topic of our March 5th Winter Hybrid Design Study group.  Expert guests,Gabriel Merrell, Interim Associate Director in the Office of Equity and Inclusion and Martha Smith, Director of Disability Access Service will share with us.

Feel free to join us for part or all of this session, even if you haven’t attended any other sessions.  I am excited to learn more about this important topic!

Time/Place: March 5th, 1-2:30 pm in  Furman 405

One of the benefits of the Winter Hybrid Design Group I have experienced so far is viewing sites, resources, and planning templates that Cub Kahn from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)has provided.

Resources and Research: In our last meeting, Cub Kahn introduced us to hybrid related resources such as the Sloan Consortium. Check this site out along with other research and resources here.   Don’t miss Cub’s post about the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WECT) and Educational Productivity Apps.

Templates and Charts: We were introduced to the Mixed Map template. I look forward to using these and others in our upcoming meeting.  View them and samples on the CTL Hybrid Course Initiative site. (Scroll to the bottom left.) They may be downloaded and printed.

You may find all the hybrid resources we’ve looked at to-date here.  Do you have any favorites that aren’t included here?  Let us know. February 12th, 1:00-2:30pm, Furman 405.  (Following the iPad Update Brown Bag.)  Refreshments provided.

You are welcome if this is your first time or if you only wish to stay for part of the meeting. If you were at the last meeting and completed the Mixed Map template, Cub welcomes you to email it to him or bring it to the next meeting.   (You may access the Mixed Map template and other useful forms we will work on at the Center for Teaching and Learning Hybrid Course Initiative site.


Here’s a look at the Feb. 12th agenda:

Topic: Hands-On Getting Started.  Identify and take your next step.

1:00-2:00 pm

  • Mixed Maps Samples
  • Hands on with Course planning chart
  • Hybrid Course Schedule chart.
  • What makes the hybrid different from an online class?

2-2:30 pm

  • Small group break out sessions or time to discuss with Cub.

See you there!