It is very difficult to be a good learner if you are not involved with your classes. Here are some pointers for staying connected, being an advocate for yourself and for others, and taking charge of your own wellness.
Course Delivery Modes Explained
Face to Face
- Traditional class plus important safety measures
- Held in person and on campus
- Classes on days and times listed in course schedule
- Live interaction between student and instructor
- Can have web-based components for class preparation and assignments
- Some class meetings in person and on campus AND some virtual class meetings
- Plan for on-campus or virtual class sessions with instructor on days and times listed in course schedule
- Will likely have web-based components for class preparation and assignments including video lectures online discussions or other online activities
- No prescheduled class meeting times
- Full flexibility for students
- Designed for meaningful engagement with the instructor, course content, and fellow students on student’s own time
- All components are web-based including class preparation of assignments, video lectures, online discussion, or other online activities
- Can include pre-scheduled student interaction with the instructor or deliverables that are assigned and due within a specific time frame
What Can You Expect in Your Face to Face Class?
We all know pretty well how a face to face class works. But our safety protocols make things a little different. Here is a short video that will help you understand and prepare for your face to face classes.
What Can You Expect in Your Hybrid or Online Class?
We asked faculty to share how they are teaching their Hybrid and Online classes. They responded with short (2-4 minute) videos that we have linked for you below. They are organized by mode and represent just some of the ways that your instructor will be engaging with you in the Spring semester.
Dr. Nathan Hammer:
Dr. Nancy Maria Balach:
Dr. Safo Aboaku:
Dr. Iveta Imre:
Dr. Allan Bellman:
Math Education (includes Remote)
Dr. Daniel O’Sullivan:
Dr. Peter Grandjean:
Sport and Recreation Administration
Dr. Kendall Bowlin:
Dr. Kyle Ellis:
Dr. Jeremy Loenneke:
Dr. Cris Surbeck:
Dr. John Wiginton:
Dr. Danielle Ammeter:
Dr. Dave Nichols:
Dr. Thomas Andre:
Dr. Silvio Valladao:
Dr. Sergio Garate:
Dr. Rebekah Smith:
Dr. Allyn Cascio – GB 350:
Dr. J Riley Shaw:
Dr. Allyn Cascio – ENT 386/387:
Dr. Kate Kellum:
Our educational system is designed around the notion that young people learn in classrooms. However, most of the learning you have done in your life, and that you will continue to do long after you graduate, takes place outside the classroom.
Learning online can feel isolating, unmotivating, and less effective than learning in a classroom with other students, but there are also benefits to learning outside of a classroom that we can embrace as critical professional skills.
- You decide when you learn. Organization is key to learning online. This is a skill that will benefit you in all other aspects of your personal and professional life.
- Schedule time for each of your classes. Put these times on your calendar.
- Read through the syllabus for each class. Put the due dates for all graded work on your calendar.
- Set a deadline for completing your work and reward yourself for sticking to the deadline.
- You decide where to learn. Finding a quiet place to concentrate can be hard. You may need to negotiate quiet times with roommates or family members. As remote work becomes more common, you may find that your work after graduation means finding a place in your home or in a public place to work.
- Set up a designated space to do your classwork that has as few distractions as possible.
- Silence your phone and other devices and move them out of your eyesight while you work.
- Try to work when you can best concentrate, and try not to skip sleep or personal down time in order to get your work done.
- You decide how to learn. An advantage to virtual learning is that you can set the conditions of learning that best suit you.
- Actively participate in class. If there are virtual meetings, attend them. If there is a discussion board, post to it regularly.
- If your class has recorded lectures, you can set the pace, review what was said in a lecture, and pause a lecture to take notes rather than trying to multitask.
- Keep records of your work. Even if you are required to submit directly to a text box, make sure you have a digital copy of what you submitted and when you submitted it.
- You decide who to learn with. Learning online does not mean learning alone. It may take a bit more effort to collaborate with others, but communication and collaboration are great skills to work on for your future career.
- Be sure to read your instructor’s emails and class announcements on Blackboard. Try to email your instructor once a week just to let them know questions you have and to let them know you are engaged in learning.
- Set up a network of other students in the class who you can learn with. You may need to run this by your instructor, but explain that you are not cheating or sharing the workload, but learning from each other the way you would if you were in the classroom.
- Take advantage of help sessions offered by your instructor, Supplemental Instruction if it is offered for your classes, tutoring services, and the Writing Center.