I am wonder what hardware you are using for video and sound when teaching to both in person and online students simultaneously?
Yes, CBG has been doing this for some time, particularly for courses that use outdoor areas of the Garden: field sketching in the woods etc.. It seems to be working fine and is well received. On site classes are not recorded. You need to have a plan for meeting places for outdoor classes and for weather issues-- we are just having alternative rain dates.
While the Garden is taking every precaution indoors, I'm still pretty paranoid and insisting on outdoor meeting places. I got a pair of Pentax Papilios binoculars (recommended by several people from this wonderful group) that focus very close: these are a great safe-distance teaching aid. They work so well I intend to keep using them permanently. My regular birding binocs claim 6' focusing but it's actually a bit farther away, which gives a poor angle on student work.
For me, Zoom classes had a bit of a learning curve (not entirely over;))-- alternating with outdoor classes isn't a problem.
Hope this helps-- please let me know if you have any questions.
On Mon, Mar 8, 2021 at 8:47 AM Patricia Savage <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Thanks, Kathy. I will check in with Marlene.
Thank-you Karen for your always wonderful, helpful advice. This gives me a place to begin.
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On Mar 8, 2021, at 1:14 AM, Kathleen Garness <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Yes, I think the Chicago Botanic Garden is doing something like this. I wonder whether Marlene Donnelley has more specifics?
On Mar 7, 2021, at 9:39 PM, Karen Ackoff <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hybrid courses are quite common, especially as schools are beginning to resume face-to-face classes. Because social distancing is still observed, which means fewer students in the classroom, class presentations can be done face-to-face and online, with appropriate hardware (cameras) and software (zoom or other conferencing software, some cameras also come with software for zooming, picture-in-picture, etc.). It takes some planning and please understand this takes more time for the instructor to prepare as they are preparing for two formats and trying to find a good middle ground. The class can be recorded and made available for students to review on their own time. If this is done, there should be a set amount of time the recordings are available, such when the class winds up, a week or two after or whatever is deemed best.
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On Mar 7, 2021, at 9:19 PM, Patricia Savage <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
The botanical garden is contemplating trying out classes that combine face to face with online. Does anyone have any experience in how this is done or can it be done? Any thoughts would be deeply appreciated. Thanks!
Marlene Hill Donnelly
The Field Museum
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