W-2p - Roomers and Zoomers: Teaching and Learning in a New Modality

2:00 - 2:50 PM

In summer 2021, faculty in partnership with eLearning engaged in a "virtual Seat" pilot (aka "Roomers and Zoomers") to give students the ability to choose to attend a class in-person or virtually, and students' chosen method of attending could change day-to-day. This flexibility gave students the ability to complete the course, even when transportation, child-care, and other issues prevented them from being able to come to campus. This workshop is designed for faculty who are planning to teach in this new modality in the fall or those who would simply like to learn more about this flexible format. Participants will learn how and why this modality can positively impact students' persistence and successful course completion, as well as how to use the technology needed to successfully navigate the face-to-face and virtual classrooms simultaneously. Faculty and eLearning staff will share the successes from the summer pilot; prepare participants for some of the challenges they and their students may face navigating these dual environments; provide support materials for teaching and learning in this new modality; and discuss student caps, feedback, and success rates.

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