The COVID-19 pandemic compelled many higher education institutions to modify their teaching, learning, and assessment practices. For many faculty, creating engaging student learning experiences in this new environment has been challenging. This online short course offers teaching faculty a concise and highly practical approach toward designing and teaching hybrid courses, from the perspective of course partner, Christ (Deemed to be University).
The course comprises four modules and focuses on the principles underlying online and offline teaching, with emphasis on the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) techniques in a hybrid classroom; student engagement strategies; and some of the technological tools helpful for hybrid teaching.
The entire course is free, self-directed, and a certificate of completion is issued to participants upon completion.
Course Completion Time
- M2.1 Learning Outcomes (1:31)
- M2.2 Introduction to UDL (2:10)
- M2.3 UDL in Hybrid Classroom (3:11)
- M2.4 Three Principles of UDL (infographic)
- M2.5 The Need for UDL Construct (infographic)
- M2.6 Multiple Means of Engagement (infographic)
- M2.7 Multiple Means of Representation (infographic)
- M2.8 Multiple Means of Action and Expression (infographic)
- M2.9 UDL Quick Guide and Resources
- M2.10 Knowledge Check
- M2.11 Discussion
- M4.1 Learning Outcomes (0:58)
- M4.2 Strategies for Student Interaction
- M4.3 Strategies for Student Participation
- M4.4 Strategies for Active Learning
- M4.5 Strategies for Constructive Learning
- M4.6 Strategies for Student Assessment
- M4.7 Strategies for Sharing Resources
- M4.8 Knowledge Check
- M4.9 Discussion
Dr. Suparna M. Kar
Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Work
Dr. Kar has a PhD in Sociology and has been working in Higher Education for more than 15 years. She has been working with the Teaching Learning Enhancement Cell at Christ University, India since 2015 and has worked extensively on the teaching, learning, and assessment practices across the University. One of the areas that the team is currently working on is the constructive alignment of the curriculum in keeping with the University’s emphasis on holistic development.
Dr. Sweta Mukherjee
Assistant Professor of English and Cultural Studies
After obtaining a PhD in English Language Education from The English and Foreign Languages University in 2015, Dr. Mukherjee joined the Department of English at Christ University, India. As a member of the Teaching Learning Enhancement Cell at CHRIST since 2015, she has worked extensively in the area of teaching, learning and assessment ever since.
Dr. Vinay M
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Dr. Vinay M manages the university’s learning management system (LMS), serving more than 22,000 students, 850 faculty members, and 5 campuses. He is a passionate teacher, high-quality trainer, and a technology tool specialist. He served as a Microsoft Faculty Fellow in 2013 and received a Nobel Researcher Award in the field of Research and Co-curriculum from RULA International awards in 2018. He is also a Google Certified Trainer and Educator, Google Digital Unlocked Digital Marketing Expert, and Microsoft Certified Innovative Educator.
Dr. Padmini Ram
Assistant Professor of Economics
Dr. Ram holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. She studies the informal economy from the perspective of economic sociology, political economy, and public policy. She serves as the Principal Investigator of CLARE, an industry-academia collaboration on the informal economy. Her research papers have been published in international journals. As a TED speaker, she delivered a talk on the informal economy titled “Informal or Illegal? Voices from the Fringe!” Recently, she authored the book "The Affordable Housing Market in India," published by Routledge. She has also authored book chapters and is a journal reviewer for leading publications.
Dr. Ramkumar V
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Vivekananda holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of West Georgia (USA) and an MBA from the International Management Institute (India). He has over 16 years of experience in designing studies that help uncover the essential nature of human cognition, emotions, motivations, and behaviors relevant for product design, innovation, and
development. Dr. Ram’s interests are in computational cognitive science, human science methodologies, and technologies for hybrid teaching/ learning. He was the course design director and was instrumental in the development of several MOOC courses across industry and academia in the USA.
Dr Vinod T. P.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dr. T.P. is an academic with more than a decade of research and teaching experiences in Materials Chemistry, Surface Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Analytical Chemistry. He completed his PhD in Chemistry from Kongju National University in South Korea and Postdoctoral Research at UNIST (South Korea), Ben Gurion University of Negev (Israel), and University of Nebraska Lincoln (USA). He has more than 25 international publications with average impact factor of 4.5.
About Christ University, India
Christ (Deemed to be University) is a multi-disciplinary university that focuses on teaching, research, and service. It offers Bachelors to Doctoral programmes in humanities, social sciences, science, commerce, management, engineering, education, and law to over 25,000 students across its 5 campuses in India.
It was born out of the educational vision of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, an educationist and social reformer of the nineteenth century in South India. He founded the first Catholic indigenous congregation, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), in 1831.
Established in 1969 as Christ College, it undertook path-breaking initiatives in Indian higher education with the introduction of innovative and modern curricula and academic disciplines. It aims to impart a holistic education and adoption of global higher education practices with the support of creative and dedicated staff. It was declared a deemed University in 2008.
The campus is a living example of harmonious multiculturalism with students from all the states of India and more than 60 different countries. A promoter of sports, music and literary activities, it is a nurturing ground for creative excellence.