Hybrid Is Not the New Normal

Top of Mind: Hybrid is not the New Normal

This winter, I’ve been struck by how often I’ve heard that “hybrid is the new normal” for higher education.[1] EdTech vendor briefings are a common source, typically in the context of new or improved synchronous learning technology. Industry tends to define hybrid more broadly than institutions to include formal and informal combinations of asynchronous, synchronous, […]

HyFlex ByeFlex: Rethinking the Way Forward

Top of Mind: HyFlex ByeFlex

As pandemic-related restrictions ease and pressures to return to campus increase, higher education institutions are pivoting away from remote instruction and towards what many call HyFlex learning, a hybrid-flexible format in which students attend class sessions in person or virtually, while faculty toggle their attention between environments. As Professor Kevin Gannon recently observed, “HyFlex courses […]

Online Proctoring: A Call for Action for Academic Technology Leaders

Top of Mind: Online Proctoring

When COVID-19 first forced higher education institutions to adopt remote instruction, many colleges and universities prioritized online proctoring solutions among their academic technology needs. In April, an EDUCAUSE quick poll reported that 77 percent of responding institutions had already adopted online proctoring solutions or were planning to adopt them in the near future. This finding […]

Humanizing Online Learning: Creating a Social Engagement Tool Kit

Top of Mind: Humanizing Online Learning

As colleges and universities settle into another semester of remote instruction, many institutions are striving to create a cohesive community experience for students. The commitment to social engagement has manifested in different ways, including the desire to preserve authentic classroom interactions in online learning spaces. In fact, 40 percent of institutions responding to a recent […]