In my hybrid course this term I will focus on one small change which is to add a reference to clients and employers in my rubrics. Why? The classroom can be considered to be removed from the workplace, which is why my rubrics refer to how clients and employers would view students’ work and what consequences might come of it. For example, for a 3 out of 4 in Professionalism the criteria is “Writing is presented in a way that that demonstrates some time and effort has been invested – a client would consider giving you more contracts or an employer giving you more responsibility.” This was introduced to me by UFV’s Samantha Pattridge during and orientation session.
It may not be a big change, but it’s a small change (thanks Stuart Mclean), but the great book Small Teaching Online emphasizes small changes are a great approach to building great online and hybrid courses that won’t overwhelm instructors of students.
What’s your small change this semester?