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Teaching Modes

This guide provides resources and guidance for faculty around different possible modes of instruction, including face-to-face, hybrid, and online. We will continue to update this guide throughout the summer, so check back for up


The goal for this guide is to provide a reference for different teaching modes, their best practices, related considerations, and further resources for learning more about them:

No matter the mode(s) you have chosen for your course, you will need to do the following:

  • Consider, as you plan, the needs and challenges of the coming term, and how you will adapt your pedagogy accordingly.
  • Survey your students, to get a sense of their access needs, technology availability, scheduling concerns, and more.
    • Here is a pre-semester survey, created by Meredyth Wegener, who teaches at Vanderbilt, gathering information on student access needs and questions about their interests and needs relating to the course.
  • Once surveyed, help connect students with technology necessary for the course through campus resources.
    • Hege Library & Learning Technologies is working with faculty to enable students to complete their coursework utilizing devices provided to them on an extended loan basis. Both laptops and other mobile technologies associated with The Mobile Edge initiative are available. Instructors, may request students be equipped with tablets (iPad minis or Androids and keyboard extensions) for special projects associated with the course. Instructors also may recommend students in need be assigned a laptop for the duration of the semester to generally facilitate their ability to complete course requirements.
  • Finally, communicate your plan, availability, and expectations clearly, and continue to communicate throughout the semester as potential changes arise.

Resources Across Modalities

The following resources provide practical consideration across modalities:

The following resources touch on the future of teaching in higher education as we move forward from this moment: