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Center for Academic Innovation Library Guide

Components of Effective Hybrid & Online Learning

Design and facilitation are two critical elements of successful hybrid and online courses. At Chemeketa, instructors can reference the Quality Online Instruction standards, which ensure we offer a high-quality learning experience for our online and hybrid students. In 2015, the Chemeketa Workgroup on Online Facilitation Standards (WOOFS) released voluntary guidelines outlining current best practices in the facilitation of online courses. The resources below supplement these two initiatives.

Regular & Substantive Interaction (RSI)

Regular and substantive interaction, or RSI, is essential to online instruction at Chemeketa. Research proves what we know to be true: instructor facilitation and presence is vital to online student persistence, retention, and overall success.  

Collaborative Learning

Collaborative learning is a key principle of online course design and delivery that helps learners achieve a deeper level of knowledge (Palloff & Pratt, 2007, 157). The WOOFS workgroup at Chemeketa found that students consistently report that content-focused interactions with peers are an important contributor to their learning.

Technically-Enhanced Assessment & Feedback

The WOOFS workgroup found that frequent, timely and constructive feedback is critical to student success in online courses. Technology provides new opportunities for instructors and peers to provide robust feedback within and outside eLearn (Canvas).

Media & Multimedia

When well-aligned with course learning objectives, media and multimedia can be a powerful tool for engaging students in online and hybrid courses.