Ways to improve the use of technology in post-pandemic courses: Opinion

August 3, 2021
Online classes can be intensely rigorous, demanding, and active, writes former college president Roger Martin, and there are opportunities for them to be improved. Martin reflects on his experience taking an online course for the first time in 2020 and discusses the challenges and limitations faced by instructor and students alike in the course. The author argues that instead of going back to a pre-pandemic “normal,” postsecondary institutions should consider having hybrid courses, using flipped classroom, linking in-person courses with distance technologies, and offering virtual office hours and libraries. Additionally, Martin says institutions might consider hiring a tech staff member to support online pedagogy by incorporating demos into faculty meetings and orienting faculty with the available online and hybrid techniques. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)