Online and Blended Classroom Options asynchronous, combined synchronous/asynchronous, synchronous, blended two-way delivery

Online and Blended Course Delivery

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Defining Course Delivery Options

  • Online Asynchronous Courses: These courses are delivered 100% on the Web. Instructors prepare and organize content, design and provide guidance for activities for engagement, interaction, and assessment of learning, and provide regular communication and feedback for growth and improvement. Students read, view, and respond to materials on their own schedule, meeting established deadlines and benchmarks, and engaging in both student-instructor, and student-student interactions throughout the term. There are no scheduled course meetings, but students may arrange to meet with the instructor and/or with student groups as needed. **NOTE: Select this option only if you plan to have no scheduled synchronous meetings with the class at all. 
    • Asynchronous delivery maximizes flexibility, but faculty members need to provide all course organization and structure, and they need to create routines for students and encourage students through regular communication to follow those routines. Instructors may have more online materials to maintain and ensure accessibility, and instructors need to build spaces and activities for interaction and engagement among students in order to foster a true learning community.
    • Find out more about Designing for Online Course Delivery
  • Online Synchronous Courses: These courses are delivered 100% on the Web. Instructors prepare and organize content, design and provide guidance for activities for engagement, interaction, and assessment of learning, and provide regular communication and feedback for growth and improvement. Students read textbooks and other course resources and do homework on their own schedule while meeting established deadlines. Students and the instructor meet together through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra from the location of their choice during regularly scheduled course meeting times. 
    • Synchronous delivery has a built-in structure and routine, but cameras sap energy, and instructors need to project extra energy and enthusiasm in order to keep students engaged. Synchronous class meetings may be competing with environmental distractions and the temptation to multitask, so courses need to build in regular (every 5-8 minutes), interactive activities to set the expectation that students will also bring their full attention to the course. It may be difficult to maintain that instructional energy consistently two or three days per week.
    • Consider using strategies of Flipped Classroom Design
  • Blended Two-way Delivery: These courses are delivered simultaneously face-to-face and on the Web. Instructors prepare and organize content, design and provide guidance for activities for engagement, interaction, and assessment of learning, and provide regular communication and feedback for growth and improvement. Students read textbooks and other course resources and do homework on their own schedule while meeting established deadlines. Students and the instructor meet together during regularly scheduled course meeting times. Instructors use a scheduled classroom to gather face-to-face students while using a Webcam and microphones to reach remote students through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. 
    • Blended Two-Way Delivery has a built-in structure and routine. Blended courses offer students options for coming together in a classroom in accordance with social distancing guidelines or attending remotely.  In such courses, faculty members need to organize and prepare technology strategies to ensure that students in both cohorts can effectively participate in the synchronous course meeting. More pre-planning is needed to ensure that both cohorts have comparable experiences, and more materials will need to be shared online prior to class sessions to support remote students and provide a back-up for technology issues.
    • Find out more about Designing for Blended Two-way Delivery.PDF icon image
    • Blackboard Tips: Blended Two-Way Delivery Courses

Online and Blended Classroom Options: online asynchronous, combined online, online synchronous, face-to-face and remote students. Comparison chart of flexibility in time and type of access, pre-existing organization, required content preparation, accessibility, communication needs

 

Essential Tools for Online and Blended Course DELIVERY 

While instructors have been using these course delivery formats worldwide for years, the majority of students and instructors will find these formats unfamiliar. They can't take for granted knowing where to "sit" in class or where to look to see the instructor or class notes. Teaching techniques that establish a strong virtual welcome, introduce both you and your students to each other, orient them to the virtual and remote classroom spaces, and organize instructional materials online will ensure success for you and all your students throughout the term. 

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Webconferencing for Synchronous Online & Blended Two-Way Delivery

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Webconferencing can be accessed as a participant or moderator from a computer or your smartphone through the Blackboard Instructor App. Students can turn off their video to conserve bandwidth or to maintain privacy if they are working in an environment with children or others, but the greatest benefits of synchronous meetings come from creating presence and community by seeing each other. 

During Collaborate Course Meetings
After Collaborate Course Meetings

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Professional Development opportunities 

  • The USC Upstate Online Teaching Certification Course is a four-week, asynchronous online course designed to give faculty members the experience of learning in the Blackboard online learning environment while learning principles of online teaching and developing practice materials as an instructor in a "Sandbox" or sample course. The course is led by facilitators who give regular feedback on course design tasks. Most faculty members complete course requirements in 12-15 hours, but those who need additional assistance setting up Webcams and microphones or using Blackboard for the first time may need additional time one-on-one to build core technology skills. Our next facilitator-led online teaching certification course begins on September 28. Register HERE.

  • Self-Guided Course: Teaching Online @ USC Upstate. Alternative Certification for Online Teaching. Rolling Enrollment: SELF-ENROLL or email academicinnovation@uscupstate.edu to request to join the course. Do you need online teaching certification, but you feel comfortable enough with Blackboard tools that you do not need to practice building a course with the support of a course facilitator? By the completion of this 6- to 8-hour self-guided course, you will be able to
    • Describe the different types of online learning
    • Identify best practices for online courses
    • Compare the different types of presences needed in an online course
    • Select and use tools to support your curriculum
    • Organize your course content on Blackboard in a clear, consistent manner
    • Create engaging course content
    • Access information about support services for students at USC Upstate

  • Self-Guided Course: Remote and Online Communication Principles for Teaching and Learning Success. Rolling Enrollment: SELF-ENROLL or email academicinnovation@uscupstate.edu to request to join the course.
    This 3- to 4-hour self-guided course aims to prepare you with best practices, tips, and tools to help you communicate more effectively and efficiently in remote and online course settings. The course is self-guided, meaning you schedule work at your own pace and complete application exercises with automatic feedback or rubrics for self-assessment. By the end of this course, you will be able to 
    • Design a welcoming course environment, 
    • Maintain an engaging instructor presence,
    • Foster an interactive learning community,
    • Provide meaningful feedback to promote growth mindset, and
    • Deliver an inclusive, accessible, and equitable course.