WashU faculty recently shared some creative strategies that worked for them when teaching synchronous hybrid courses (sometimes called hyflex). These are courses where some students attend the class in-person and other students join the class remotely via Zoom. Thank you to everyone who anonymously passed on these tips in our recent survey!
Team Up to Manage the Class
“Having someone monitor the Zoom chat (in my case, a grad student doing an MTE) while I lecture in the classroom to students in person and on Zoom has been very helpful. The grad student has been reading out comments and questions from the students over Zoom, who in this way participate in the lecture.”
“Having a co-instructor for a hybrid course allowed the one in the classroom to focus on delivery with the other on Zoom answering questions from remote students in real-time and keeping them engaged.”
Breakout Rooms with Both Remote & In-person Students
“Students in the classroom can use Zoom and benefit from screen sharing and breakout rooms with remote students. The same works for laboratories.”
Virtual Gallery Walk in a Hybrid Class
“I assigned a logo exercise, where students had to create a logo with a label, to represent the ideas we’d been studying. Then we had an in-class/remote gallery walk. I mounted them on easels (6 ft. apart) and those in-person could walk around and fill out reflection sheets. I sent the logos and labels to the remote students just before class, so they could peruse the same set of logos. I had the Zoom on, so the remote students felt like they were part of the in-class gallery. It was fun. And if we had questions about a remote student’s work, we could just ask!
Learning Games where Everyone Can Participate
“Instead of going around the room to have students give answers to our daily exercises, I started incorporating them into Kahoot games, where students race to answer multiple choice questions. It’s a win-win because it allows every student to engage with every question (vs. every student only being called on once when completing an exercise) and it turns our exercises into a game, which is just more fun. It’s also just as easy for students in-person to participate as it is for students on Zoom to participate.”