Designing classes to pivot can lead to less ambitious planning: Opinion

January 24, 2022
Designing a class so that it can easily be pivoted online may be most convenient during a pandemic, but it can set an upper limit on what an instructor can achieve with their students, writes Beckie Supiano. Supiano argues that there are upsides to designing a class that can be easily pivoted online, such as increased accessibility and less vulnerability to disruption. However, the author says that this design can be difficult as classes must avoid having students work in person or with materials that may not be available at home. Additionally, Supiano draws attention to the challenges of designing hybrid courses, as the number of students in person or online could fluctuate, forcing instructors to create less ambitious plans. The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Subscription) (Editorial)