Blended-ish: Strategies for engaging students online and in-person

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Brief Abstract

This presentation will enable participants to: a) apply a framework for connecting online and in-person learning; b) create a plan for engaging students throughout live class sessions; and c) utilize strategies for engaging students during live class sessions.       

Extended Abstract

Everything was going great, then 2020 happened, and we all started teaching online.

Depending on your individual experience and readiness, teaching online meant different things. For some it meant continuing to deliver courses online, asynchronously. For others it was a mashup of online and live teaching, sometimes perhaps even at the same time (amen if you think hyflex is the worst model ever!). For most, teaching online meant transitioning face-to-face courses to Zoom.

In Zoom, we struggled to replicate the sorts of interactions, exchanges, and engagement we so cherished in our face-to-face courses. But, if we are honest, we would have to admit that if our students were paying so little attention to our lessons in Zoom, maybe they were not paying much attention to our lessons in the classroom either!

So, we looked for ways to engage students more actively in our Zoom sessions. We started exploring ways to engage students online. And we might have even started wondering how best to connect what was happening online with what was happening on Zoom.

As a result, we significantly upped our teaching games.

Now, as we begin thinking about returning to the traditional classroom setting, while still leveraging online to enhance the overall experience, it is essential to bring these new pedagogies with us and continue to refine them.

This presentation will enable participants to: a) apply a framework for connecting online and in-person learning; b) create a plan for engaging students throughout live class sessions; and c) utilize strategies for engaging students during live class sessions.