The Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning are a series of interdisciplinary teaching conferences that include faculty, administrators, and graduate students from around the world. Participants are given the opportunity to engage in three full days of dynamic programming with a wide variety of exceptional presentations, all of which have been selected through a blind peer-review process.
Recently, Andreas Brockhaus, UW Bothell Director of Learning Technologies and IAS affiliate faculty member, presented at the Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching in Bethesda, Maryland. His session, called “The Evolution of a Hybrid Learning Faculty Institute: Lessons Learned and Changes Made” focused on effective faculty development for designing hybrid courses which combine both online and face-to-face elements. Andreas has been co-directing the Hybrid Course Development Institute (HCDI), along with Carol Leppa (Nursing) Ian Porter and Sara Frizelle (Learning Technologies) and Rebecca Bliquez (Library), for several years. In 2012-13, the HCDI was significantly redesigned from a 10-week session to a 6-week session to make it easier for faculty to complete the Institute and teach a hybrid course. The session examined why and how the Institute was redesigned and how the changes significantly improved completion of the HCDI and faculty’s perception of their ability to develop and deliver a hybrid course.
Some of the key elements to the redesign included:
- Changing the structure of the HCDI so that it reflected more of the characteristics of a hybrid course
- Moving most lectures and content online and using face-to-face time for discussion, group work, and introducing complex assignments
- Making it more practical
- Limiting the number of tools covered and focusing more on pedagogy
- Providing more peer reviews