Hybrid Classroom Orientation

Teaching graphic with remote studentsLearning in the 21st Century can be engaging and dynamic. Leeward CC has updated several of our campus classrooms with hybrid technologies to support active teaching and learning. Follow these three steps to get acquainted with the hybrid technology prior to class.

1. Pedagogy and Best Practices

(Full EMC post (8/10/20)

When planning for hybrid instruction you can leverage established best practices for online teaching and in-person facilitation. The following articles from Beth McMurtrie of The Chronicle of Higher Education entitle “Your Questions around Hybrid Teaching Answered”, serve as getting started point (Part 1Part 2).

Main ideas and highlights:

  • Invest in your course design, as if it were fully online class and think of the in-person part of it as an enhancement. 
  • Think of class time as a place to connect and regroup, as well as to review and experience in-person demonstrations.
  • Minimize activities that have remote students passively watch you engage with in-person students.
  • Pair remote students with in-person students in small group break out rooms.
  • Infuse Active Learning (Active Learning in Hybrid Classrooms)
  • Actively grow and maintain Cognitive, Social, and Teaching Presence aspects of the Community Of Inquiry framework.
  • Consider reducing the amount of classroom discussion, elect to ask students to respond to your questions through live polling, in Zoom. Those polls can also foster back-channel conversations, which can enhance, or provide an alternative to, classroom conversation.
  • Collaborative note taking, in which students take turns working in a shared online Google document to take notes on a class discussion.
  • Consider Zoom Breakout Rooms for small group work (remember to assign students roles within their group, goals to accomplish and time limit.
  • Create resources prior to your sessions starting. Example: Sharing a Google Doc with links to resources, Setup Zoom Polls, Google Doc for collaborative notetaking.
  • Lastly consider using Alternative assessments including SAMR (slide deck).

2. Resources and Documentation

You will find the following hardware integrated into the hybrid classrooms.

Graphics Tablet by Wacom

  • A small, wired graphics tablet (6”x4”) with stylus. Can be used in replacement of using the mouse. This device can be used annotate content (such as when used with Zoom Whiteboard) and is also a replacement for white board in the physical classroom.

Document Camera by ELMO

  • A high resolution wired USB down facing camera which can capture entire sheets of paper books in one shot, great for displaying three dimensional items.

Capture Card by Elgato

  • An interface box that allows for connecting external HDMI video devices to the classroom computer in order to use with Zoom. Don't forget to bring and HDMI cable for your device to connect.

Video Recorder by Zoom

  • Video recorder with standing tripod. Can be used instead of the built in web camera. Provides a wide angle shot. Built in microphone can pick up audio in entire room (i.e. instructor and students).
  • Quick Start User Guide
  • Complete User Guide

Orientation Resources

3. Make an Appointment for an Orientation

Contact the Educational Media Center to arrange a date and time to meet with you to orient you to the room.