University of Wisconsin–Madison

Modalities for teaching ranging from remotely to in-person

Course delivery can vary from in-person to fully remote, and everything in between. Students are likely to wonder if their classes will have the same course requirements as a normal face-to-face course. To clarify this, the instructor should include the format of lectures, contact method for office hours, and discussion section participation that might help students have a better understanding of the course structure. Moreover, including the technology uses and the technology installation instructions will help students easily navigate the Canvas site. The lack of in-person interaction with both instructors and students might be a challenge for students to be able to focus and manage their time effectively. Strategies helpful for students to remain engaged include creating a schedule study hours template, estimating completion time for each assignment, and lectures provided by professors in order to help students organize their schedule. Most students are familiar with DoIt Tech; however, providing a brief description and contact information of the UW-Madison Technician Support resource may help support in the transition to online classes.

In-Person

  • In-person learning exploits the face to face interaction between instructor and student, while requiring both parties to be present at a concurrent time
  • If the in-person method best suits your course, check out In-Person Instruction for information on some of the best course delivery practices

Remote

  • Remote learning allows instructors and students to complete coursework at their own pace, which can relieve some of the stresses of having a daily workload
  • A challenge to effective teaching with this method is the limited face-to-face interaction, whether student-student or student-instructor, in a classroom setting
  • If the remote method best suits your course, check out Remote Instruction for information on some of the best course delivery practices

Hybrid

  • Hybrid learning combines both the in-person and remote teaching methods into one cohesive course design, allowing for students to be face-to-face with an instructor despite learning primarily online
  • Hybrid-style courses may couple large online lectures with smaller, in-person discussion sections
  • If the hybrid method best suits your course, check out Hybrid Instruction for information on some of the best course delivery practices

HyFlex

  • HyFlex learning uses the components of hybrid learning in a more flexible manner that allows students to choose their own learning style – in person, remote, or both
  • Students can adjust their preferred learning style at their convenience, which may be dependent on the current course topic or outside factors like schedule overlap and studying
  • If the hyflex method best suits your course, check out HyFlex Instruction for information on some of the best course delivery practices