In my role as an instructional design manager, I am continually negotiating the line between advocating for course design and delivery that supports students while also recognizing the realities of teaching. A human-centered approach in our online and hybrid programs recognizes that both students and instructors juggle external and internal course factors that influence the educational experience. McCluskey’s (1963) Theory of Margin indicates a need to conceptualize the load individuals carry given these varying factors. It is important to approach course design and teaching online with an aim towards not creating excess load by assuming more traditional stances for students or instructors, a balance that can be tough to strike.
This year, I have taken a game-based approach to professional learning that playfully engages instructors in small, practical teaching strategies they can use in their courses to help find that balance. In this interactive session, we will walk through some of the steps I take towards empowering faculty with strategies they can implement towards making meaningful, human-centered changes to their classes, specifically diving deeply in to maintaining flexibility and building community as human-centered approaches to teaching and learning online. VIEW THIS SESSION [Mediasite player]