HFT Summer Academy

The HFT Summer Academy

Most of what we know about the Fall 2020 term is uncertain. We know the way we teach and how students learn will be affected by COVID-19, and that our work will not look the same as when we left the classroom in the Spring. If we are in classrooms, they will not be the same familiar spaces. Some of our students may be in the room with us, while others will remain online; and it’s more likely than not that all our teaching will be, in one way or another, digital. We will need to be flexible, adaptable, and agile.

We would like to invite you to join a summer academy designed to prepare you for the uncertainty of the Fall 2020 term—and to turn that uncertainty into possibility. The Hybrid-Flexible Teaching (HFT) Summer Academy will look at pedagogical approaches which favor the human over the technological, but will also offer opportunities to practice with the tools we’ll need to use to support students this autumn, namely the Canvas LMS and Zoom video conferencing. We’ll also spend time investigating some more flexible tools which will make your teaching more agile and responsive, no matter if you are teaching in the classroom or online.

The HFT summer academy is designed to provide CU Denver faculty and graduate students an opportunity to:

  • Define for themselves hybrid-flexible or online teaching methods that most closely align with their teaching style.
  • Make meaningful changes for their Fall 2020 courses, whether those courses will be taught online, on-ground, or in a hybrid-flexible format.
  • Understand the primary technologies and methodologies used for hybrid-flexible or online teaching.
  • Bring into conversation instructors’ pedagogy and the technologies of digitally-inflected learning environments.
  • Build a strong, agile pedagogical self in digital space.

The academy will run from June 1st through August 7 and is open to all CU Denver faculty and graduate students. In the spirit of the HyFlex model, the course is designed to provide you maximum flexibility in your participation, and will support all participants through an active community of inquiry. Weekly Zoom sessions, recommended readings, learning invitations and provocations—as well as the material generated by the community itself—will offer you multiple points of entry and boundary-less ways to participate.

The HFT Summer Academy is supported by the Learning Design and Technology program in the School of Education and Human Development, the Graduate School, CETL, ThinqStudio, Digital Pedagogy Lab, and ASPIRE. These groups are committed to creating excellent digital learning experiences—for both students and faculty—across the CU Denver campus.
To register for the academy, complete this quick form. If you have questions, contact Sean Michael Morris in LDT at sean.m.morris@ucdenver.edu.

Photo by Agnieszka Kowalczyk on Unsplash

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About Sean Michael Morris

Sean Michael Morris is the Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Senior Instructor in Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Colorado Denver.
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