UTRGV Hybrid Academy

General Description of the Project:
It is evident that the demand for online and hybrid courses continues to grow. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, more than 6million higher education students were enrolled in some type of distance education courses in the year 2017. As the demand for hybrid courses increases, senior leaders are focusing on the quality of hybrid delivery. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, as Hispanic Serving Institution, has developed and implemented Professional Development called Hybrid Academy that provides faculty with the knowledge, skills, and exposure to resources necessary to design, develop, and facilitate hybrid instruction. The professional development goes over national standardized best practices, current research, and instructional design principles

Description of the Technology(ies) Used:
The Hybrid Academy Professional Development was created completely in UTRGV official learning management system, Blackboard. It consists of 7 Modules that are all required components of the Hybrid Academy. Each module contains lessons and assessments created in SoftChalk Lesson Builder, Faculty Videos for Micro-Lectures, Discussion Forums and Reflective online Blogs. Also, weekly live sessions are conducted using Blackboard Collaborate and Zoom web conferencing.

– Obtained feedback on the professional development for future offerings
– Courses were developed maintaining the highest standards of quality and academic rigor
– Exposed faculty to use of innovative pedagogies and emerging technologies
– Exposed Hispanic students into new technologies in the classroom and online
– Engaged Hispanic students in courses, retained them and successfully completed courses



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