SCSC Collaboratively Creates Hybrid Design Course for Teachers

How should we leverage what we learned and the capacity we built during distance learning to improve the overall learning environment for our students and families? How might we build a hybrid learning model that is safe and effective for all students featuring an anytime, anywhere learning framework?       

Learning leaders from Fairmont, St. Peter, JWP, TCU, Waseca, Mankato, Blue Earth, Sourcewell Technology and South Central Service Cooperative created a Hybrid Design course for teachers and leaders who evaluate and support teachers as a partial answer to these questions. This 25-hour course, based on blended instruction and understanding by design principles, helps educators create personalized, engaging, relevant courses where students can learn anytime and anywhere. The course builds on much of the hard work educators did during spring distance learning and gives educators the opportunity to work collaboratively to prepare their courses for the upcoming school year. 

We currently have 180 educators enrolled in the Hybrid Design course that features four weeks of planning and course building activities and an additional two weeks of support for teachers trying to build hybrid units of instruction. There is a team of 10 online instructors and coaches who hold weekly meetings with participants and give assistance in building at least one unit of instruction that is ready to be used in a hybrid setting this fall. We also have about 15 more school districts that are using or planning to use some or all of the course materials with their educators as they prepare for the upcoming school year. Southwest West Central Service Cooperative is using the course to create a condensed workshop that will be available mid-August. 

Educators currently taking this course are also creating a variety of learning activities that can be used in an online learning setting if needed. A majority of these activities are shared using our Moodle Learning Management System giving participants the ability to collaborate, give each other feedback and build on each other's great ideas. Designing a hybrid learning environment and unit of instruction is very hard work made just a little easier when you have 179 other educators working with you.