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Teaching Essentials

Companion to the Fall Planning Guidelines for 2021

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Red River College will move to increasing the delivery of programs through blended learning for the Fall 2021 term. Blended learning involves a combination of online and on-campus (face-to-face) delivery within a program. All public health guidelines must be followed in considering blended learning delivery.

The charts below provide some ideas of activities that instructors can use in the essential, enriched and online environments.

Essential

Learning outcomes cannot be delivered in alternative forms and/or are required to meet external regulations/accreditation, or to meet needs of at-risk populations. 

Essential Examples

Face-to-face activities

Activities required to meet external regulation and/or accreditation such as:

  • Physical labs
  • Demonstrations
  • Tutorials
  • Practical applications

Enriched

In-person learning activities provide opportunities to connect with their instructor and peers, enhancing student engagement, achievement of learning outcomes and retention.

Enriched Examples

Group work

  • Assign students to collaborate on case studies and projects
  • Create simulations of real-world scenarios for group work 

Teaching complex content

  • Demonstrate complex content during face-to-face time with students
    • Introduce foundational or introductory information to review online, and expand on concepts during in-person sessions
  • Provide time for students to ask questions about assignment guidelines and rubrics
  • Offer formative feedback on student work, assignment drafts, answer questions and review challenging topics

Face-to-face activities

  • Explore active learning activities such as:
    • Think-Pair-Share
    • Debates
    • Brainstorming
    • Role play
    • Mock interviews
  • Check out UWestern CTL’s site for short videos on active learning and descriptions of the activities above, or Durham College CAFÉ’s site for more active learning activity ideas
  • Set up a gallery walk to share and respond to student work
  • Host class discussions for students to engage with course content or present in small groups to the class

Online

In person, face-to-face activities are not required and quality online learning will be provided building on experience from previous terms.

Online Examples

Theory

  • Upload your course content to your LEARN course
  • Link to existing online content (including Open Education Resources, Manitoba Open Textbook InitiativeMERLOTOASIS and others)
  • Explore LinkedIn Learning for video lessons LinkedInLearning
  • Annotate or narrate lesson notes using PowerPoint
  • Record video presentations for your class using Mediasite Desktop Recorder or the recording function in Teams
  • Invite a guest speaker to attend a virtual lesson to share their expertise and answer questions from students

Simulation

  • Use Microsoft Teams or Webex to show students hands-on demonstrations
  • Record videos using Mediasite Desktop Recorder or the recording function in Teams
  • Use simulations to help students visualize abstract concepts, systems, and real-world environments
  • Use interactive simulations to encourage students to learn through practice and experimentation

Virtual labs

  • Modify existing labs so students can perform them on their own with materials they have at home
  • If existing labs cannot be modified, find virtual labs that are connected to the course learning outcomes
  • Use LEARN’s Discussions tool for critique and analysis

Virtual group work

  • Assign small groups or use the Discussions tool in LEARN to create groups in which students can sign up
  • Have students use Office 365, Webex or Microsoft Teams for group collaboration
  • Have students use breakout room features in Webex or Microsoft Teams to have group meetings and message one another
  • Have students submit video or digital recordings of their presentations or group work through Dropbox
  • Use the Discussions tool in LEARN for peer feedback