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Developing online and hybrid courses

September 22, 2011

  • Ines Miyares described how she is redesigning Population Demography to be a completely online course.  Population Demography is a high-demand course that fulfills Hunter's pluralism and diversity requirement.  Creating an online version of the course that can be used by multiple instructors and eliminates the need for physical lab space will allow more students to take the course.  Ines created a series of short videos, each illustrating a specific course concept, and screen recordings that walk students through online resources such as the Census web site.  Students in the online course watch 2 - 4 videos per week, each followed by a short quiz.  Students also complete one hands-on exercise per week for the lab component of the course.  Students can get help with labs via online chat during regularly scheduled office hours.  Ines plans to evaluate how students respond to the labs without face-to-face assistance.
  • David Keepnews is teaching a graduate course on urban health care systems, which is in hybrid format for the first time this semester.  To orient students to the course, David created an introductory video about how to find materials on the course Blackboard site.  David also provides video instructions about what to do next and how to prepare for class.  The course is organized into weekly units and meets face-to-face on alternate weeks.  At the end of the course, students will work in groups to participate in a mock legislative session.