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This page is a work in progress--please feel free to use the resources listed below as you plan for spring 2021, and come back periodically as additional resources are added.

Lehigh's Instructional Framework: A Blended Approach

    For Spring 2021, Lehigh faculty are adopting the following blended instructional framework:

    1. All courses will have a robust asynchronous online aspect--including online lecture videos, learning activities, assessments, and forms of feedback--that will serve as the backbone of your course, independently of whether your synchronous instruction takes place in-classroom or online. "Asynchronous" means you are not necessarily online at the same time as your students; instead, you create online course sessions that students complete during a specified time period, usually within a 24-48 hour window.
    2. All courses will have some interactive synchronous learning opportunities for students. 

    For "Remote-Synchronous" classes, class meetings will be held during regularly scheduled times and coursework should build on the work your students did in the asynchronous part. Depending on who is able to physically be in the classroom and which classrooms are available--will take one of the following forms:

    • All Zoom
    • All In-Classroom
    • Some combination of In-Classroom/On-Zoom, where the frequency and type of each class meeting is determined by student availability, classroom capacity, and instructor preference.

    For "Remote-Asynchronous" classes, instructors are required to hold live synchronous office hours during the week

    3. The frequency, duration, and relative weight given to each of these elements will be determined by instructors (your answer will depend on your pedagogical preferences, course type, course learning outcomes, etc.), in consultation with department chairs (who will need to develop a range of course offerings knowing that not all instruction can be online and not all instruction can be in-classroom.)

    Once this is all determined, there will be THREE basic course types offered in the spring:

    1. Flex (open to both On-campus and Remote Students): NEW IN SPRING '21: Students will declare either Flex-Classroom or Flex-Remote, so instructors can tell where their students intend to be.

    Description: A “flexible” course will be taught on-campus, but instruction and activities are also available online (whether synchronously or asynchronously). These courses are open to both on-campus and remote students. Participation may include both synchronous and asynchronous coursework. What is NEW for Spring '21: Students will enroll in a “flexible-classroom” section if they will be participating in person or a cross-listed “flexible-remote” section if they will be participating remotely. From RAS: "the reason for cross-listing sections in this way is to guide instructors, who have found it difficult to plan a class without knowing how many students planned to be on-campus and how many planned to remain online. Although students may shift from the classroom to remote learning temporarily if they need to do so, the expectation is that they will choose a mode and keep it throughout the semester. Of course, conditions may require a temporary or longer-term shift in the modality (such as a COVID spike in the class or on campus). "

    When Flex classes meet in-classroom they must do so regularly scheduled synchronous class meeting time. This in-classroom instruction is supplemented by significant asynchronous online instruction. 

    Some Flex courses will take a HyFlex approach, meaning that synchronous class meetings are taught simultaneously to students your classroom and remotely through Zoom. If you are considering a hyflex approach, know that this approach can work, but it comes with challenges:

    •  We have a limited number of rooms that can accommodate this approach; it can be difficult for faculty, especially in larger classes, as it requires dividing attention between students who are in front of you and students who are remote; and, if not done well, remote student can have a poor experience.  If you are interested in learning more about this approach, please review this guidance document and indicate your interest when you are asked by the Registrar or your chair for your instructional preferences for fall. We have a very limited number of rooms capable of supporting hyflex teaching so this cannot be the primary option we use for in-classroom instruction with a remote option. 

    Some Hybrid classes might not meet in-person for every class meeting. Example: The class has 30 students (=20 on-campus + 10 remote), and is assigned to a room that can seat 12. The instructor creates three groups that meet synchronously every third class period, where every third meeting is with the remote students.  

    2. On-Campus Only (open only to On-campus Students)

    Description:  Some courses will be conducted only on-campus. These courses will have at least one on-campus class meeting each week.

    For some of these courses, if the class enrollment is larger than the room can accommodate, some class meetings may need to be conducted synchronously online, even though the course is designated as "In-person."   Such In-person courses have been designated by the Registrar as "blended"-- a somewhat different meaning than the one used on these pages. For guidance on teaching these courses, please review this guidance document.

    3. Fully Remote (open to both On-campus and Remote Students)

    Description: All instruction is online, using a combination of asynchronous and synchronous learning approaches.  Students can expect a combination of asynchronous online coursework and fully online synchronous meetings. Some remote courses will have designated meeting times for synchronous class meetings; other remote courses will not. No fully remote course will have required on-campus meetings.

    In addition, some Fully Remote classes may offer occasional In-person meetings, at the instructor's discretion. In such situations, the majority of teaching and learning is asynchronous online and synchronous online, as described above; however, the instructor may, if they are able to find a suitable location, arrange intermittent on-campus meetings with on-campus students in small groups.