Public Online Workshop For Digital Teaching

The Art of Hybrid Teaching: Empowering Educators in Higher Education

Date: 13th - 27th November, 2023

Workshop Overview

The online workshop provides faculty with a set of essential guidelines for designing a preliminary digital teaching strategy to teach in a hybrid learning mode. The workshop addresses the difference between face-to-face, digital and hybrid teaching and the elements faculty can consider when migrating to the digital classroom. By participating in the workshop virtually, faculty can experience what it is like to be a remote learner. Consequently, this will allow them to become more aware of this modality's challenges and opportunities. The workshop allows traditional face-to-face teaching staff in higher education to expand their teaching practices into the digital environment. Faculty will be expected to formulate a preliminary hybrid teaching strategy for a specific face-to-face course they are currently teaching. The design should be a coherent and deliberate plan consisting of clear learning outcomes, meaningful assessments, relevant learning activities, and digital/non-digital resources.


Workshop Objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Reflect on the individual impact you wish to have as a digital educator.
  • Analyze the differences between a learner-centered and a content-centered course plan and its implications for digital teaching.
  • Discuss the fundamental virtues, challenges, and opportunities of face-to-face,hybrid, and digital teaching modalities.
  • Analyze critical elements when migrating from face-to-face to digital and hybrid teaching.
  • Design a preliminary strategy to transform a face-to-face course into a hybrid one.
  • Identify actions that will contribute to your professional development.

Structure of Workshop

Module 1: Workshop overview

  • Workshop Orientation (welcoming, navigating the course, participants & guide, policies, schedule, etc.)
  • Self-introductions between participants and facilitators
  • Portfolio creation
  • Self-assessment exercise regarding expectations and experience

Module 2: Finding Yourself in the Digital and Hybrid Teaching Space

  • What is and what is no digital and hybrid teaching
  • The virtues, challenges, and opportunities of face-to-face, hybrid, and digital teaching modalities
  • New competencies for the digital teacher
  • Fundamental mindset shifts (e.g., from content to learner-centered; from lecturing to facilitation)
  • Common traps in the digital teaching & learning space and how to avoid them

Module 3: Designing Your Hybrid Teaching Strategy Step-by-Step

  • Elements of an effective, coherent, and deliberate strategy
  • Ensuring declared learning outcomes cultivate higher-level thinking in an AI-populated environment
  • Aligning assessment methods, activities, resources, and technologies to the learning outcomes
  • Planning the face-to-face and digital activities.

Module 4: My Professional Development Plan

  • Goal-setting to continue your professional development
  • The power of local, regional, and international networks
  • Tools to consider in your digital briefcase

Facilitation Strategy

The learning dynamics in this workshop are unique. First, all the work is focused on completing a final product: a preliminary strategy to transform an existing face-to-face course into a hybrid course . Second, facilitated asynchronous activities play a primary role in preparation for the highly interactive and practical synchronous sessions. The two types of activities are further described below:

Asynchronous Independent and Group Learning Activities

These activities are essential to learning and must be completed before participating in the live synchronous sessions. Independent asynchronous activities include self-paced tutorials, assessments, diagnostic exercises, and reviewing resources, such as websites, videos, or documents. Participants will also be interacting with each other in smaller teams. Teams provide an opportunity to share, receive and provide feedback among participants. Discussion forums will promote ongoing interactions throughout the workshop, including all the participants and facilitators. The asynchronous collaboration remains active throughout the last day of the workshop, providing ample opportunities to offer and receive feedback for the individual hybrid strategies. Full participation is expected.

Synchronous Activities

The workshop includes four three-hour synchronous sessions via videoconference. The synchronous sessions are predominantly practical and applied. There will be demonstrations, case analysis, problem-solving, small and whole group activities, questions & answers, and reflective exercises. All activities are designed to help participants work through every stage of the hybrid strategy they are expected to complete by the end of the workshop.


Schedule for Asynchronous and Synchronous Activities

Learning Tools and Resources

The Workshop uses a set of tools and resources that will facilitate your learning process. The tools available in the Orientation Module are:

  • Learning Guide. A guide to orient participants throughout the learning experience.
  • Preliminary Hybrid Teaching Strategy Template. A step-by-step guide for the strategy document that participants will be expected to complete in the workshop.
  • Tutorials. Learning capsules providing essential concepts, practices, and examples supporting the workshop objectives.
  • Complementary resources. A set of materials in electronic format available to participants providing additional information on the topics addressed.

Target Audience

  • Faculty members and teaching staff working in higher education wanting to embrace digital education
  • Managers and staff working in Teaching and Learning Centers
  • Those working in educational technology Centers

Workshop Facilitators

Dr. Fernando Senior

Ana Maria Berruecos