There are three primary modes of instruction available for LSA instructors: On-site, Blended, and Online. To assist instructors in choosing which mode will suit their courses best, this page briefly describes each mode, offers some guidelines for using that mode, and suggests some of the reasons why an instructor might choose that mode.
As many instructors have learned from prior teaching experience, all courses, regardless of mode, are most successful when they include substantive, high-quality interaction between instructors and students, as well as interactions between students. Not only is this important to a quality learning experience, student comments from pandemic semesters lamented the loss of connection with each other and felt this diminished their engagement with the course. In addition, accounting for substantive interaction is an important aspect of the accreditation process for fully online courses. You will find examples of substantive interaction appropriate to the different modes of instruction below, to help you start thinking through what interactions best suit your course.
As you are defining the learning goals for your courses, it’s also good to reflect on assessment and consider options for high-impact learning practices where students can demonstrate that they have achieved the learning goals in a meaningful way. The instructional consultants of LTC and LRC can assist you in creating learning activities for the course that will scaffold and facilitate students developing those skills to achieve the learning goals.
In all courses, instructors should also communicate frequently throughout the term to help orient students conceptually in the course by giving them information about the context and explaining the reason and purpose behind your course activities, content, and structure.