As we move closer toward a post-pandemic future, many institutions are considering a variety of course delivery approaches. These hybrid and flexible approaches have the potential to harness the best of both worlds: in-person and virtual learning. Hybrid learning pedagogy has the ability to meet varying learner needs and backgrounds while leveraging the flexibility of Educational Technologies. This is a challenge, but also an opportunity to make changes in the way we, as educators, deliver content.
Modifying delivery strategies while juggling how to teach in multiple modes of delivery is a new challenge at the forefront of most educators’ minds. There are many delivery options to choose from: face-to-face, hybrid, HyFlex, blended, online synchronous, online asynchronous, etc. You may feel like you need an acronym cheat-sheet just to keep up with them all!
To help you manage the multiple delivery options, refer to the chart below which offers current definitions and additional resources regarding all delivery strategies.
Teaching and Learning Delivery Options
|Delivery Mode||Definition||Additional Resources|
||The resources available define and explain the differences between asynchronous and synchronous learning:
|Online synchronous||Instructor and students engage with the course content and each other at the same time, but from different locations.
Instructor interacts with students in real time by means of virtual web-conferencing tools.
Adapted from Course Design Models that Combine In-Person and Online Components: Definitions and Examples and Course Design Models: Blended, Hybrid, Flipped, HyFlex, University of Guelph. Adapted from Synchronous & Asynchronous Online Learning, University of Waterloo.