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Taking extra steps to prepare for your course for a pivot to hybrid instruction does indeed take extra time and effort. However, after the inital work or redesigning and building out your course you may find that subsequent offerings are much easier to prep, as materials (such as recorded lectures, quizzes, assignments) are simply transferred from one quarter to the next. 

Strategies that will support a “quick pivot”

Is every class session planned and completely full without a minute to spare? Where might you build in a bit more flexibility? Evaluate your course goals and consider if there are any topics that can be removed or offered as additional resources. What are the most essential things students need to learn in your course? What topics are nice to include if time allows? Try to create a schedule that allows you one open class session towards the end of the quarter. 

Develop or repurpose recorded lecture materials. If you recorded lectures during the pandemic or have Bruincast lectures from the past, consider how you might utilize these to make more time in class for practice and discussion. If you have to cancel a class or provide more flexibility for students who may not be able to attend, having a recording as a back-up or additional resource can be very helpful. It is recommended to include a short quiz with a few points for students to provide incentive to watch the full recordings. 

Get comfortable with Zoom. At this point, you may be Zoomed out. But…if you still are not sure how to launch a meeting, use polls, start breakout groups – go ahead and start practicing those tools.

Consider office hours on Zoom (in addition to in person). Adding an extra office hour on Zoom can provide additional options for your students. You can use this time to try out some Zoom tools and get to know students who might be a little too intimidated to come to your office. 

Start experimenting with Bruin Learn tools and/or attend some trainings. Consider how you might have students engage with each other outside of class using interactive tools. You don’t need to become an expert on Bruin Learn, but push yourself to choose one new thing to try each quarter. 


Inclusive Remote Teaching Checklist

With an overarching framework includes the core principles of reflection, flexibility, communication, and community building, this document provides step-by-step guidance on how to prepare to teach in a remote format. Includes how to best communicate with your students prior to and during the course.

Are you overwhelmed and unsure about where to start on your course adaptation? Check out this 1-page summary guide, organized by the amount of planning time you have available.

Alternative Assessment Recommendations for Remote Teaching

This document, created by a cross-campus committee at UCLA, contains ideas to adjust your assessments to make them more inclusive, effective and authentic.

Effective Communication with Teaching Assistants (During Remote Teaching)

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) has developed a wonderful website highlighting resources and strategies for effective remote team teaching with your TAs including resources from a recent workshop on this topic co-facilitated by CAT’s Assistant Director and TA Training Program Coordinator, Michelle Gaston, and CEILS Assistant Director, Katie Dixie.