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Any suggestions on how to offer a hybrid course in Individual Taxation?

I'm using the comprehensive text, along with CengageNow, and have never offered an on-line class. I'm up for any suggestions.

Thank you.

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Re: Any suggestions on how to offer a hybrid course in In...

While I cannot speak to the text/MindTap you are using, I can speak to using Hybrid as your method of delivery. In fact, I did a webinar on how to differentiate between delivery methods (from February 2018). You are welcome to view and use that!



If you have HY-specific questions, I'm happy to assist with those.

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Re: Any suggestions on how to offer a hybrid course in In...



I have extensive experience in teaching online and hybrid courses. Here are a few tips to get you started:


  1. Identify the objectives that students should achieve, and outcomes students should be able to perform by the end of the course.
  2. Decide how you will know if a student has achieved understanding and proficiency of course content. Will there be tests, papers, projects, etc. used for formative and summative assessments? Design your assessments.
  3. Brainstorm/plan course activities that will assist the students to meet the learning objectives/outcomes.
  4. Determine activities that would work well in a face-to-face and which activities can be completed online. Maximize active learning and social interactions in the face-to-face environment since social presence can be harder to maintain in the online environment. Also, you want to be sure that your face-to-face portion of your course informs the online portion of your course and vice versa so it becomes a cohesive class. Here are a few suggestions for face-to-face vs. online activities:
  • Face-to-face is good for:
    • Establishing social presence and support
    • Nonverbal communication
    • Defining assignments
    • Negotiating expectations and responsibilities
    • Diagnosing students’ conceptual problems and providing immediate feedback
    • Brainstorming
    • Role-playing
    • Student demonstrations of psycho-motor skills
  • Online is good for:
    • Sustaining group work, collaboration, and support
    • Reflections, on-task discourse
    • Broader participation in discussions
    • Critical analysis
    • Self-paced learning and practice
    • Self-assessment quizzes with feedback
    • Automatic grading of multiple choice, T/F, fill-in-the-blank tests
  1. Focus on learning, not technology. Keep technology use simply in order to avoid turning the course into a support nightmare and gradually add more advanced technology. 
  2. Whenever possible, use resources that are already created for you such as MindTap, Test Banks, etc.
  3. Include a weekly schedule in your syllabus. In the weekly schedule, identify which components of the course will be online and which will be face-to-face. This will help students keep track of what is expected of them and when.

Maggie Major

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Re: Any suggestions on how to offer a hybrid course in In...

I have a lot of experience teaching online courses, and with Cengage texts with CengageNOW. Hybrid courses, as far as I understand, are similar to online courses in terms of students learning the materials on their own. Towards this, what I have felt works well is to create a very clear roadmap for each week so that students know exactly what is expected of them. CengageNOW is helpful as students can use the "Study tools" that are part of this platform (quizzes, videos, etc.) as supplementary materials to master the course content. This can be assigned as separate from regular homework assignments (with points) to ensure that students use them. You can also create your own self-test review quizzes so that students can self-assess as they proceed through the learning materials.


So, overall, I think setting students' expectations and providing plenty of learning materials is key to having a successful hybrid/online class. 




Re: Any suggestions on how to offer a hybrid course in In...



While I don't teach taxation, I do use MindTap.  What we have learned is that any activities you can assigned to force students to read the text before coming into your class helps.  We use the quizzes and other activities to reinforce what was covered in class.  For example, they may read the text about sharecropping and complete the activity using a primary source to reinforce it.


Hope that helps.