Distance Learning Best Practices

Hybrid learning best practices

Tips by educators, for educators

Set the tone: level-set clear expectations for engagement, participation, assessment and roles.

What does it mean to be the teacher? What does it mean to be the student?
What does success look like in a hybrid classroom? Learn more here.

Make it easy for participants to ask questions: inquisitiveness drives

Give students space to ask questions in both synchronous and asynchronous
learning environments. Check out some ideas.

Use your video to help make students feel more comfortable.

For those students who are not in the physical classroom, this makes the
experience more engaging, and helps them to pay better attention.

Integrate collaboration tools like Webex with your Learning
Management System to make it easier to schedule synchronous online

Keep your online organization simple, clear and easy to follow! Learn how to
integrate here.

Record and archive synchronous sessions so that students who were
not able to attend can access them later.

Upload any materials shared during class in course collaboration spaces and
to the LMS. Knowing exactly where to find resources will keep students
moving forward and engaged. Learn synchronous session tips and tricks here.

Provide both in-person and virtual spaces for student interaction.

Set up a Webex Teams room for interactions outside the virtual and physical
classroom. Facilitate breakout sessions during class and launch project spaces
in Teams rooms for students to interact outside class time. Make it easy for
students to connect - no matter where they are learning.

Use the presentation as a means - not an end.

Explore new formats like Podcasts, videos, social media, and GIFs to explain
your points. Actively engage students in lessons. Find out about the different
ways to deliver learning in a recent Cisco blog.

Set your hours: What are your “on” times? What are your “off” times?

Make hours of availability, office hours, and classtimes clear to your students
using Webex. Read this Webex blog to learn more.

Create persistent learning environments where faculty and students can
engage before, during, and after class - from anywhere.

Design environments that go beyond the classroom for students and teachers
to access information and learning materials no matter where they are learning or
teaching. Discover best practices from two higher education institutions here.

Consider combinations of synchronous and asynchronous sessions
to enhance outcomes.

Record short (3-5 minute) video lessons for students to watch and absorb on
their own time. This will allow you to create more engaging and effective live,
synchronous sessions. See more virtual class tips here.