Creating Agile Courses for an Uncertain Year



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


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. Thframework 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. 


Limited Attendance

In order to ensure a high-quality learning experience, we have intentionally designed this Virtual Training to have a limited number of total attendees. To ensure access from both paying participants and also from those who have an All-Inclusive membership, when the membership cap is reached, only paying participants can register after that point (while spaces are still available). If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please contact us.

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Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


December 8, 2020

12:00 - 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





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Elizabeth R. Barrie, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Online Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Beth supports a talented staff of instructional designers, technologists, artists, and computer programmers as they provide professional development and creative services to faculty. 

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