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- Use a very detailed course calendar, which spells out specific target dates when assignments are to be completed.
- Clearly label which activities are in person and which are online.
- Check off your assignments as they are completed.
- Review the schedule weekly with students to keep up with adjustments to the schedule.
- Answer telephone calls and emails daily.
- Categorize and organize emails from students into folders.
- Set aside a chunk of time for managing the online portion of the course and stick to it.
- Review at the end of class what is to be done during the upcoming week.
- Several times throughout the semester, review the relevance of the in person and online assignments (the blend) -- so students understand that this work is vital to their comprehension of the topic.
- Compile a list of FAQ from students about the hybrid course.
- Think ahead and anticipate problems. Technology does not always work either in the online or face-to-face halves of the course. It is a good idea to have a "Plan B," particularly for your face-to-face classes, just in case "Plan A" doesn't work out -- for example, if Blackboard or the NOVA servers are down.
- Enforce deadlines for online assignments.
- Cut off new threads after a certain grace period.
- Shut down the discussion board on a certain date. Those who have not made contributions are blocked from participating in a thread.
- Record grades into the online grade book promptly for students to see after assignments are due to maintain motivation.