Creating Agile Courses for an Uncertain Year

Last updated October 5, 2020

Creating Agile Courses for an Uncertain Year

Last updated October 5, 2020

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Prepare faculty to design online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses that are adaptable to any scenario.

Overview

To plan for shifts in an uncertain year, many institutions are planning courses that are adaptable to online, hybrid, and face-to-face learning environments. Dr. Elizabeth Barrie from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has led an effort to pivot existing courses using Kaufman’s notion of agile learning. The agile model enables faculty to proactively design courses that are adaptable to any scenario.

This model allows students to choose their own course path by using the combination of formats that works best for their lives, whether they are working full time, parenting, or pursuing double and triple majors. The framework gives students more control of their educational pace and experience while also allowing institutions to offer quality instruction and readiness for the unforeseen pivots like those we have experienced this year.

Join us for a practical and interactive virtual workshop to learn how to prepare faculty to offer every course in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats. In this two-hour workshop, you will:

  • Learn the benefits of agile courses for the student, faculty, and institution
  • Identify ideal courses for agile development by using a simple rubric
  • Distinguish between HyFlex and agile course design
  • Learn strategies and tips to develop and implement agile courses
  • Receive detailed resources to help you prepare and support faculty

Who should attend?

Leaders involved in centers for teaching and learning, faculty affairs, and academic planning will learn an approach to course design that maximizes flexibility for students and the institution.

Agenda

December 8, 2020

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Part 1 – Understanding the Agile Model

  • Learn the key benefits of agile courses for the student, faculty, and institution
  • Define and demystify trending course models: HyFlex vs. agile
  • Use a simple rubric, assess a real course, and determine if the agile model is a fit


Part 2 – Implementing the Agile Model: Planning and Supporting Faculty

  • Learn how to build an instructor manual to prepare faculty for each step
  • Explore the step-by-step conversion process from in-person to online
  • Learn how to meaningfully repurpose the online materials you have created
  • Brainstorm additional steps and considerations for your institutional context in small groups