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Ready for any scenario, faculty prep adaptive courses

July 13, 2020

Based on a new, more adaptive model, Carthage faculty members are reassessing each of their courses to ensure they can toggle smoothly between face-to-face and remote teaching as needed.

In-person instruction will resume on campus this fall, except for remote periods at the beginning and end of the semester. Although the College is taking many precautions to fend off COVID-19, faculty need to be ready to change course at a moment’s notice if they or any of their students enter quarantine.

Chris Grugel, an instructional technology librarian and member of the Blended and Online Learning...Chris Grugel, an instructional technology librarian and member of the Blended and Online Learning Team, led a remote teaching workshop for Carthage faculty in March 2020.That’s why the Blended and Online Learning Team, a cross-departmental group of faculty and staff, introduced the adaptive course design model this summer. The team is helping professors adjust their classes for effective delivery in any format.

“Rather than developing separate plans for every imaginable scenario, we’re laying out a single strategy that’s guided by one central question: What do we want students to learn?” says Professor Dennis Munk, co-chair of BOLT. “The route can change, as long as we get them to that destination.”

Last spring’s sudden shift to remote teaching necessitated a crash course for faculty in a variety of online tools. Now, professors are standardizing the way they use that technology — especially Schoology, the College’s learning management system.

What differences will students notice? More consistency, for one.

“We’d like students to be able to know ‘No matter what class I’m in, this is what Schoology is going to look like,” says Prof. Munk, who also co-directs the Teaching Commons for faculty development at Carthage.

Besides conducting a series of workshops for faculty, BOLT has compiled an online resource guide that provides tips for effective course design, use of Schoology’s features, remote sessions, and recorded presentations.

Once this foundation is in place, team members are confident that faculty will build on it using their own considerable talents and expertise.

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