Step 2: Modality

Flexibility is king during a world-wide pandemic. Whether you are assigned to teach in-person, hybrid or asynchronously online, at some point you might be asked to pivot to another modality. We ought to find comfort knowing that we are masters of our domains, seasoned educators, and thoroughly capable of meeting these unprecedented challenges. Though the modality shift will require a level of pre-planning and work, it is not a task that requires faculty to reinvent their entire approach to teaching their discipline.

As you prepare for Fall 2020, think asynchronous course design first. This approach will provide you with an ease of transition if the time comes to shift your course to an entirely online model.  This means making sure that you load your Canvas course sites with the syllabus, readings, activities, assignments and grades.

Multiple groups from across campus have come together to support faculty as they prepare for an uncertain fall term at Baylor University. To explore more recommendations and to find support, please select below the modality you plan to utilize this fall.

Further Reading

Whether you are looking for strategies to use in your in-person, hybrid or online teaching, these two books are a great read. The Moody and Jones Libraries offer both books in an electronic format.

Book Cover for Small Teaching by James Lang

Lang, James M. Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. First edition. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2016.

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Book Cover for Small Teaching Online

Darby, Flower, and James M. Lang. Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes. First edition. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Brand.

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