Jeana-Dee Allen

Academic Specialist in Experiential Learning

Re-imagine CAS 110 Creative Thinking as a 400+ person interactive, student-driven hybrid learning experience

There is so much potential for growth. CAS 110 was a large-format in-person class. During the pandemic it was asynchronous. I’m not sure either model really worked for students. I would be grateful to collaborate with the Hub to revise this creative thinking class into an interactive, student-driven hybrid learning experience.

During the pandemic, I learned so much that I’d like to carry forward. Such as:

  • Recorded lectures … this increased accessibility through transcripts and video replay.
  • ULA-moderated discussion boards for homework and topic questions … ULAs are previous CAS 110 students. They could quickly comment on students’ questions and provide peer mentoring.
  • Short-form lectures with hand-drawn animations … concise, strategic content that is about five minutes. Support materials and assignments supplement the condensed content. Three areas for support and potential impact: (More support is appreciated!)
  • Research (Transferrable knowledge: data to support a pivot)
  • I’d like to start with half the sections as hybrid, half as async. This helps us gather data and direct feedback from students to potentially reshape large-format classes.
  • Technology and design (Transferrable: examples for university-wide pivot)
  • How might we increase engagement in digital and hybrid classrooms? What tools and features can be added to weekly modules? Let’s figure this out together.
  • Collaboration (Class-specific and can serve as a model)
  • Right now, I’d say the class feels like an underbaked cookie … still good. (Maybe better for some people.) It could use more time and expertise. I know a partnership with the Hub will bring it to the next level. A few items I bring to the table:
  • Design, Animation, Video editing, Passion for student success, focus on diverse, equitable and inclusive content and practices (including being a former Accessibility Liaison for CANR). Here is my proposal: CAS 110 Redesign: This high-impact, hybrid model offers hands-on, small group engagement, while maintaining the flexibility of learning online. Changes include:
  • Lectures, support materials, quizzes, assignments and supplemental materials are all online
  • 2-hr discussions and experiential learning workshops are offered in-person, in small sections once a month. o Sections of about 60 students meet monthly. For example, if 480 students enroll, we need 8 sections of approximately 60 students.
  • Sections are divided into small groups for discussion/collaboration.
  • Each group is managed by Faculty, a Lead ULA and an assistant ULA. ULAs foster peer learning and engagement. The first meeting includes an introduction to hybrid learning, tips for success and introductions to classmates, ULAs and faculty. This “orientation” alleviates the confusion of engaging in a new environment. It provides the type of interaction students, faculty and ULAs value in their college experience.

Non-traditional Course Design