Advice for Converged Courses

Converged Courses: Considerations, Advice, and Resources

Good News

  • Students prefer in-person options
  • A student survey at Montclair State University conducted in Fall 2020 (thanks to Emily Isaacs for conducting the survey and giving us permission to share these results) found that courses with live components get higher average ratings than remote courses in several dimensions:
    • they are more engaging
    • learning is less difficult
    • there are fewer challenges with falling behind, not understanding, or connecting to the professor or other students
  • There is no one-modality-fits-all; mixed modalities offer students additional ways to engage in learning

Challenges and Considerations

Logistical Realities

Providing equitable learning experiences for online and in-person students is a main challenge for converged learning models.

Pedagogical Considerations

Based on student experience from remote learning, courses that provided clarity, consistency, and connection promoted successful online learning.