Facilitating a hybrid course requires advanced planning of your instructional materials. You will need to think strategically about what learners really need to know as it relates to the course objectives.
- Record short lecture videos. Ideally, you should keep these videos to less than 15 minutes. This likely means you will have a “Part I” and “Part II” (or more) for a lecture you typically deliver in a face-to-face class.
- Curate videos from other sources such as YouTube, TED, AcademicEarth, MIT, or others. Incorporating voices from others in your field helps diversify course content for your learners, and they will likely appreciate learning about the content from a variety of sources.
- Resist the temptation to lecture during the synchronous online or face-to-face sessions. Your learners should arrive at those sessions ready to engage in active learning—discussing with peers, collaborating on projects, sharing research and resources, etc.
- Organize your Canvas course site in a logical, consistent manner.
- Use Modules to help organize content by week, unit or topic.
- Provide files in context by adding them to the appropriate module. Do not simply upload the files to Canvas and expect students to know how they connect with the course content and the schedule of activities.