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Note from the editor

While the pandemic required colleges to shift quickly and almost entirely to online instruction this spring, the summer and fall terms have revealed more variation in instructional modes across the country. 

To accommodate social distancing requirements and to manage the unpredictability of outbreaks, many colleges are offering courses in a way that lets students choose whether to engage in-person or online. Hybrid instruction existed before the pandemic, but the crisis has significantly expanded use of it.

In this trendline, we examine how those flexibilities are being integrated into the classroom and beyond, and how faculty's comfort with teaching online has evolved.

Hallie Busta Senior Editor, Higher Ed

How colleges with hybrid instruction can support online students

Using the right technology, setting clear expectations and being mindful of the differences between in-person and remote learning are key, experts say.

Career services offices planned for a hybrid term

They are relying on email and phone calls to connect with students, and just over half are using virtual drop-in sessions, one survey found.

For Southern New Hampshire, the future of the campus may be (mostly) online

The president of the online giant talked with Education Dive about its decision to move all freshmen online this fall and bigger plans to reshape instruction.

Moody's: Coronavirus is accelerating online shift

The crisis will speed up many colleges' plans to grow their online footprints, though not all schools can invest in digital infrastructure, analysts explain.

Faculty, officials feel prepared to teach online: report

One way colleges tried to manage the shift was by tasking instructors to prepare to teach the same class simultaneously online and in person.

Inside the Rapidly Changing World of Hybrid Learning

While the pandemic required colleges to shift quickly and almost entirely to online instruction this spring, the summer and fall terms have revealed more variation in instructional modes across the country. To accommodate social distancing requirements and to manage the unpredictability of outbreaks, many colleges are offering courses in a way that lets students choose whether to engage in-person or online. Hybrid instruction existed before the pandemic, but the crisis has significantly expanded use of it.

included in this trendline
  • For Southern New Hampshire, the future of the campus may be (mostly) online
  • Career services office's plan for a hybrid term
  • How colleges with hybrid instruction can support online students
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Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.