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Tuesday, May 29 • 2:05pm - 2:50pm
Creating a Flexible Hybrid Learning Environment: Using Video Conferencing Technology

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The University of the Fraser Valley Adult Education Program offers flexible schedules for Adult Education students offering all courses online. This combination of hybrid and fully online model allows distance students to participate synchronously in face-to-face offerings through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (video conferencing).

In order to facilitate this model, the Teaching and Learning Centre at UFV worked with the Adult Education Faculty to create a specialized learning environment equipped with video cameras and microphones in order to accommodate students participating from a distance through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Remote students and students with barriers to mobility have benefitted from this model.

The Teaching and Learning Centre developed resources & workshops to support both instructors and students in managing the technology and user interface. In addition, a New Faculty Orientation (NFO) for Adult Ed instructors included best practices to assist faculty in creating one learning community that incorporates both face-to-face and virtual classrooms.

In this workshop, Educational Developer, Michelle Johnson and Educational Technologist, Ken Harmel will:
  • Share the evolution of the model over the last 5 years, tips, best practices, lessons learned, and a look into the future of this hybrid classroom.
  • Demonstrate a classroom activity that involves participation between virtual and face-to-face participants using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (video conferencing)
  • Discussion and sharing about hybrid learning models
During the presentation we will be using a Padlet. Please click Join Padlet Discussion to post your ideas.

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Ken Harmel

Educational Technologist Extraordinaire, UFV
I’m working alongside an excellent team of educators and support staff who are devoted to the success of UFV’s students and the future of our local and global communities. Getting here started in 2000 when I launched my professional teaching career in Japan. Thirteen years later... Read More →

Michelle Johnson

Teaching and Learning, University of the Fraser Valley

Tuesday May 29, 2018 2:05pm - 2:50pm AKDT
Port of Vancouver