At this point, classes will be scheduled using the University’s standard (non-COVID) modes of instruction. Visit the Instructional Modes page to learn more about the fall 2021 plans and find related frequently asked questions.
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This instructional mode offers a mix of in-person and remote instruction achieved through classroom space rotation*, reducing in-person class time by including either remote synchronous or remote asynchronous instruction, using in-person class time for experiential learning elements, or some combination of these.
Each instructor will deploy their mixed-mode course in a way that works best considering the desired learning objectives. Some possibilities include:
In the rotation model, some students attend in-person sessions while others simultaneously attend those same sessions remotely. In the virtual enriched model, asynchronous or synchronous digital content is expanded upon in the classroom through engaging teaching strategies and/or in-person aspects that cannot be delivered remotely (e.g., labs, dance, art, etc.).
Place: Room is assigned AND remote element provided (Zoom or other).
Time: Days and times are assigned.
LionPATH Code: CM – COVID Mixed Mode
Webinars and On-Demand Videos
Webinars and videos designed to provide critical information to faculty and staff about mixed-mode instruction.
Recommendations for engaging students when teaching in a mixed-mode environment are presented by the Harrisburg Center for Teaching Excellence, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, and the College of IST’s Office of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.
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Why It Works
- can reduce physical classroom time
- does not involve a complete redesign to the course, though up-front planning is required
- allows for activities that require in-person delivery (e.g., labs, dance)
- reduces on-campus class sizes to allow for physical distancing
- students rotated into in-class sessions still benefit from some in-person contact
- can optimize face time spent in engaged interaction
- high degree of flexibility for students
- in-person experiential elements are important for skills-based learning
- student engagement varies; creating a learning community is feasible
- switch to complete remote delivery would require little effort if pandemic worsens
- students who cannot or will not return to campus may still be able to participate, depending on the design of the class
Policies, Guidelines, and Documents
- Acoustics Testing for Penn State’s “Teaching and PPE Committee” (PDF) - Last fall, the Graduate Program in Acoustics collaborated with the Department of EHS to perform acoustical and audio testing on how instructors with face masks will be perceived by students.
- Canvas Setup — Keep It Simple - Guidelines to help instructors set up Canvas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Review the following frequently asked questions about mixed-mode instruction. For additional information, read all frequently asked questions.
If students have visible flu-like symptoms in a face-to-face class setting, are instructors able to ask them to leave?
If a student is exhibiting symptoms in a classroom, the instructor is empowered to ask the student to leave the class and to see a health care provider. The student should not return to class until they are no longer exhibiting symptoms or have been cleared by a health care provider. For classroom and syllabus guidelines, including information about what to do if a student fails to adhere to masking requirements, refer to the COVID-19 Classroom Guidance page on the Student Affairs website.
Resources for Enhancing Your Teaching
The following instructional resources have been curated by educational developers and instructional designers and reviewed by faculty throughout the University. They are offered in the spirit of support for instructors who need to learn teaching in new modalities or who want to enhance their teaching effectiveness in familiar modalities.
These resources are for faculty who prefer to learn on their own, with a “give me the information and I’ll apply what works for me” approach.
- Teaching Guide for Faculty for Mixed-Mode Instruction
- What Is Learning Design?
- Engaging your students with multimedia assignments
- Strategies for Creating Engaging Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Environments
- BlendLT Learning Path
These resources are for those who prefer to talk with colleagues or someone with expertise in learning or course design.
- Schedule a Consultation
- Faculty Instructional Consultants
- Tech Tutors and Tech TAs
- Engaging Students Series: Blending Asynchronous and Synchronous Teaching
- Talk with a University Librarian
“Explore Links and the Web” Resources
These resources are for instructors who prefer to do their own web research, exploring links and making conceptual and practical connections.
- Penn State Weblearning @ Penn State – Templates, Tools, and Resources
- Finding Open Educational Resources (OER)
- Open at Penn State
- Remote Resources for Penn State Library Users
- Accessibility at Penn State
- Best Practices for Teaching via Videoconferencing at Penn State
“Do a Deeper Dive” Resources
These resources are for those who prefer a directed and structured learning experience, either self-guided and/or instructor-led.
- LinkedIn Learning
- IT Learning and Development