Early in the pandemic, a a coalition among Georgia Tech Professional Education, Office of Information Technology, Center for Teaching and Learning, Center for 21st Century Universities, and the Library created the Georgia Tech Remote and Hybrid Teaching Academy (GTRHTA). Their goal was to to increase the effectiveness and quality of Georgia Tech’s remote and hybrid courses through high quality and relevant faculty preparation resources and activities. To do this we designed in an online course available on GT’s learning management system, Canvas. The course focused on five fundamental aspects of effective teaching online:
- Design Fundamentals
- Assessment of student success
- Engaging students
- Creating content
- Using course technologies effectively
In addition, the course content included a module dedicated to hybrid teaching. The GTRHTA team also offered over 70 synchronous sessions to supplement the asynchronous content.
The asynchronous content was viewed over 68,000 times and the recordings of synchronous sessions were played almost 2,000 times. CIOS scores for Fall 2020 remote and hybrid courses were almost equivalent to the CIOS scores of the few Fall 2019 courses that were intentionally designed to be taught online. An example of one of the positive outcomes of this work is this testimonial by Stephanie Reikes, Lecturer, Mathematics: “With the help of the team, I learned how to create Kaltura Videos with Embedded Quizzes. According to some CIOS comments my students thought this was one of the best features of my course.” This testimonial among others in addition to the metrics provide evidence of GTRHTA’s positive impact.
GTRHTA asynchronous content remains available to the Georgia Tech community on Canvas. Download the award nomination packet here.