Teaching Hybrid & Online

The Office of Digital Learning & Inquiry has convened a year-long conversation series for faculty to explore and address pedagogical and technical issues related to teaching and learning online. This page is a place to share resources and information about upcoming and past events around this topic.


As Middlebury moves into more hybrid and online learning opportunities, these conversations will help to prepare faculty to take advantage of these opportunities, while ensuring that we are designing courses and programs that reflect our unique values and approaches to learning.

The audience for this series is faculty across the Middlebury institution, both who already teach online and those who would like to learn more about it.

The goals for each session include:

  • Provide a community of learners for people interested in online learning
  • Challenge assumptions and surface ideas around teaching and learning online
  • Provide concrete tools or techniques for designing and implementing critical digital online pedagogy

Upcoming events

More events are being planned; here are some that are in the works:

Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning

Monday, October 29, 2018
12:15 – 1:30pm Pacific time or 3:15 – 4:30pm Eastern time
Online via Zoom – please click here to register!

In our first conversation, we heard that online learning can sometimes be “solitary” “distracted” “less appealing to the senses” and “requires extra effort to connect and stay engaged.” We wondered, what does it mean to create online learning spaces that make room for instructor and student personality, a sense of intimacy, and a feeling of community and trust? What are some specific strategies that faculty can use to design and foster these spaces?

For this second conversation in the series, we’ve invited Dr. Whitney Kilgore to join us to help think through these questions. Whitney is the Chief Academic Officer at iDesign, and has many years of experience developing online academic programs in higher education settings, with a particular interest in designing student-centered, humanizing online learning spaces. In this conversation, Whitney will share highlights of the Community of Inquiry framework and help us think through strategies for embedding instructor presence, social presence, and cognitive presence into our online learning design.

Faculty Panel

mid-November 2018, on Zoom

This conversation will feature Middlebury faculty at various stages of online course development and implementation and give them the opportunity to share their experiences and answer questions.

Building an Online Community of Learners Online

early December 2018, on Zoom

Developing a sense of community among teachers and learners in online spaces is central to successful online learning experiences. Instructor presence plays a critical role in developing and fostering community. In this conversation, we will explore specific strategies that instructors can use to develop and sustain a community of learners in online learning spaces.

Past events

Teaching Online & Hybrid Conversation Series Kick Off

Date: September 12, 2018

Books About Online Teaching

Journals that Focus on Online and/or Hybrid Learning

Additional Resources

Professional Organizations

Online Learning Consortium

Digital Pedagogy Lab

Sample Online Courses

https://anth101.com/ Michael Wesch at KSU

http://www.kimjaxon.com/engl333/ Advanced Composition for Future Teachers, Kim Jaxon, Chico State University


We need your input!

Do you have resources you’d like to add to this page?

Do you have ideas for how DLINQ can help you grow your capacity for online/hybrid teaching and learning?

Do you have suggestions for ways we can grow and support the community?

Let us know!


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