Category Archives: Faculty Perspective

Assessing the Need for Support – Faculty

As faculty consider using hybrid approaches in their teaching, especially more complex approaches like HyFlex, what support do they need? We’ve seen common needs in several areas, here are four: Learning how to teach online students Preparing (or adapting) instructional … Continue reading

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Relationship-Driven – Customer-centric Principle Four

4. Relationship-Driven – “With Me, Along the Way: I have an ongoing relationship with the company; there is a clear focus on relationship-building versus transaction-processing, they manage for the long term value in our relationship.” HyFlex courses implement this principle … Continue reading

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Effective Practices: Overlapping Discussions

One method of combining f2f and online students that I have found effective is to overlap the two sets of students in a topical discussion. Often, I will use small discussion groups in class to focus on various aspects of … Continue reading

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Good Enough?

In the early days of HyFlex, “good enough” was good enough. It seems the bar has been raised with my own students and even in my own expectations, which is, I believe, a good and natural thing. What used to … Continue reading

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Summarizing the Messages to Various Adoption Groups

A common message to all groups at once is likely to work only with 1-2 groups, at best. Many monolithic broadcast messages end up being ignored by everyone. Continue reading

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Laggards (Skeptics): What can you do with those whose heels are dug in and just won’t budge?

“You’ll never get me to change.” “I’ll be dead or retired before they’ll force me to teach this way.” “This is fine for you, but I’d rather teach students than computers any day.”
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Late Majority: Conservatives are finally convinced of the need to change

Late majority adopters are often the more conservative people in the organization, at least when it comes to the innovation being considered. Members of this group are often heavily invested in the status quo practice and are very reluctant to change. Continue reading

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Early Majority: Pragmatists travel together to shift their practice

I would argue that faculty are the most influential segment you should address. Most faculty are comfortable with their teaching and their students’ learning, and see no great need to change their practice in a [potentially] disruptive way. So why try HyFlex? Remember, members of this group are pragmatists – they need to see the value and believe that it can be successful for them, too. Continue reading

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Early Adopters: Providing initiative and support for the first value-driven implementations

If your role is that of a change agent, look for visionaries in your organization. Analyze their organizational pain and opportunities for gain and consider the possible advantages of HyFlex delivery. Continue reading

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Working with First Adopters – The “Techies”

If they find a good idea or tool, one of their primary roles is to hand it off to someone in the next adoption group – the Early Adopters. If the innovative tool or practice stays within the First Adopter family, it goes nowhere within the larger organization and adds no value. Continue reading

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