News in Brief
The latest news and opinions in higher education.
3 HyFlex Lessons from the Pandemic and What's Next
The hybrid-flexible (HyFlex) model gives students control over how and when they participate, in-person or online, and during the pandemic, many colleges are embracing it, according to Hallie Busta. But experts caution that students must have the tools and ability to access all course modes, along with a choice in how they collaborate. "If you consider (the principles) to be slider bars, none of them can be at zero" to call a course HyFlex, said ACUE’s Kevin Kelly. (Higher Ed Dive)
Keeping COVID-19 From Sidelining Equity
Institutions must employ more active and strategic approaches to support faculty, particularly given the pressure the pandemic is placing on women and people of color, write Joya Misra, Dessie Clark, and Ethel L. Mickey. As part of the UMass ADVANCE team, they are exploring how institutions can remain attentive to equity, diversity, and inclusion. They present their TREE model, which encourages institutions to think ahead, provide resources, and ensure equity. (Inside Higher Ed)
Will the Pandemic Change Higher Education for Good?
Higher education leaders at Harvard discussed new and emerging advantages of remote learning during an Education Now webinar. They noted, for example, that remote learning technology can help build a global community and expand access to learning opportunities. The leaders also offered concrete suggestions for educators to foster remote learning. (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
3 Positives that Emerged from Higher Ed’s COVID-19 Experiences
As part of a research team investigating higher education during COVID-19, Lee Ann Dickerson, an experienced distance educator, finds that there are some silver linings to the pandemic. For example, she writes, educators have “tapped our creative energies,” learned new technologies, and rediscovered that higher education is a personal and human experience. (eCampus News)
Three Keys to Developing Successful Online Learning
Too often, instructors design online learning as a replica of the classroom, according to Jesse Borkowski. But delivering requires different tools and elements, she writes, urging faculty to focus on user experience, content, and community. Among other ideas, she suggests working collaboratively with partners to deliver the best digital experiences to students and having regular live chats. (The EvoLLLution)
7 Innovative Approaches to Course Design
The pandemic has underscored the need for conscious course design, Steven Mintz writes, describing seven innovative approaches. Among them are an inquiry-based approach, which “transforms students into investigators” and encourages them to formulate meaningful questions and solve problems, and an interdisciplinary, team-taught approach, which leverages multiple perspectives across disciplines. (Higher Ed Gamma)