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Flexible Teaching

Flexible learning is about enabling choice and responsiveness in the pace, place and mode of learning.

(Ryan & Tilbury, 2013, p. 8)

The following resources are included to assist instructors to support flexible learning. For more information about flexible learning, see the HEA's Flexible Pedagogies: new pedagogical ideas (Ryan & Tilbury, 2013) and Ryerson's Flexible Learning Resource (Schwartz et al., n.d.). A Zoom recording of the student panel as part of the Assessment Strategy Exchange (beginning at 00:57:36) offers a student perspective you may find helpful.

Make sure to check out our support page to learn about all the support available.

STRATEGIES FOR ON-CAMPUS LEARNING

This resource offers a variety of strategies for active learning anywhere.

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HYFLEX GUIDE

This guide is designed for instructors who will be teaching in a Hyflex classroom. Learn more about Hyflex definitions, strategies, and assessment tools.

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Alleviating Student Anxiety

A compendium of best practices and recommendations, as well as a list of resources for you and your students.

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Assessment

An extensive collection of resources for assessment from alternative assessments and assessments for large classes to an open book exam toolkit, and many more!

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Preparing for Teaching Online

This checklist is meant to help guide you in preparing to teach online, whether synchronous or asynchronous, blended or fully online.

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  • Frequent and concise communication with students is critical in a remote environment.
  • Being ‘seen’ online is important when there is no opportunity for face-to-face interaction.
  • Learning is often social, so encouraging virtual communities of learning can strengthen motivation and break isolation.
  • Everything takes longer and more effort online. Students will need more time or a greater amount of energy to manage demanding self-management skills and stay cognitively focused.
  • Content delivery may need to be adapted to formats better suited for remote learning. You may need to make choices about the amount of content or number of activities, or making some of it optional.
  • The learning environment needs to provide structure and a consistent navigation experience for students to navigate your course with ease
  • In the end, aim to deliver your courses remotely in a manner that creates a satisfying experience for you and your students.
  • Seek student feedback early on to know what works well and what could be enhanced
  • And reach out to us at teaching@yorku.ca