Flexible Delivery

Understanding Durham College's Flexible Delivery

What is Flexible Delivery at DC?

Flexible Delivery Mode Options
Flex delivery allows students to choose where they participate in the learning for a synchronous session. Students can either:

  1. Attend sessions face-to-face on campus, or
  2. Attend sessions synchronously online

What are the Principles of Flex Teaching and Learning?

Four Pillars of Flexible Teaching and Learning
According to Brian J. Beatty (2019), flexible course design centres around four pillars:

  • learner choice
  • equivalency
  • reusability, and
  • accessibility.

This pillar requires that there be alternative participation modes from which students can choose on a session-by-session basis. According to Beatty (2019) “choosing to implement this principle requires that an instructor values providing participation choice more than they value forcing everyone into the ‘best’ way of learning a set content”.

For example: The course sessions are scheduled for 10:00am on Monday and Wednesday. Students have the choice to attend on campus, face-to-face (F2F) or synchronously online from a location of their choice.

Learning outcomes are the same in all participation modes.

For example: In a four-corner activity, students who are on-campus F2F may be required to physically move to their corner choice, while those students online might indicate their choice by selecting a letter that represents a corner. In either case, students are asked to reflect on their opinion and decide.

Learning resources and artifacts from all modes are ‘learning objects’ for all students.

For example: On-campus, F2F activities such as demonstrations can be captured and made available for online students. Similarly, online activities such as chats can be made available to on-campus, F2F students.

Students should be equipped with technology skills and equitable access to all modes.

For example: Make all course materials and activities accessible to and usable for all students.


What are some delivery considerations when teaching Flex Courses?

The following are a series of considerations to think through prior to teaching a flex course. These and others are available in the DC Connect course Flexible Course Delivery – Durham College Toolkit. Information on receiving access to this course is in the Support of Flex Delivery at Durham College section below.

How will you...

  • How will you facilitate discussions? What procedure will remote students follow to answer a question, contribute an idea or participate in a full class discussion? Should they raise their hand physically on camera? Raise their virtual hand? Speak aloud to indicate they have something to contribute?

TIP #1 – Discuss this with the students on the first day of class when you are developing your class code of conduct. Ask them what they feel the best process would be and co-create the expectations together.


What rooms have been outfitted with Flex equipment?

OSHAWA CAMPUS FLEX EQUIPMENT

Room Room Typer Cap Equipment Laptop Ports Needed
G209 Computer Lab 60 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor & camera at back USB C or USB
G110 Lab Dedicated 16 Logitech system Mic pucks 40" monitor & camera on cart / middle of room USB C or USB
L220 Lab Dedicated - MAD 45 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor and camera at back of room USB C or USB
L121 Lab Dedicated - MAD 36 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor & camera on cart in middle of room USB C or USB
L109 Lab Dedicated - MAD Editing Lab 25 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor and camera on cart USB C or USB
C150 Lab Dedicated - MAD Studios 46 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor and camera on cart USB C or USB
C156 Lab Dedicated - MAD Studios 30 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor and camera on cart USB C or USB
B138 Lab Dedicated 30 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor and camera at back of room USB C or USB
H166B Lab Dedicated 30 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor and camera at back of room USB C or USB
H218 Lab Dedicated 30 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor and camera at back of room USB C or USB
C138 Laptop 35 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor and camera at back of room USB C or USB
L208 Laptop 42 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor and camera at back of room USB C or USB
C306 Laptop 35 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor and camera at back of room USB C or USB
C318 Laptop 48 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor and camera at back of room USB C or USB
L216 Laptop 32 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor and camera at back of room USB C or USB
C113 Presenter 141 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor and camera at front of room USB C or USB

WHITBY CAMPUS FLEX EQUIPMENT

Room Room Type Capacity LaptopPorts Needed
CFF 208 Presenter 50 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor and camera at back of room USB C or USB
1 12 Presenter 45 Logitech system Mic pucks 65" monitor and camera at back of room USB C or USB

How to set up Flexible Delivery Hardware?

Flex Delivery Instructions
- Windows

Flex Delivery Instructions
- Mac

For more detailed instructions on how to get setup outside and inside the classroom, check out our resources for Flex Delivery Instructions for Windows Users or Flex Delivery Instructions for Mac Users.

Looking for Flex Delivery Support?

Below are some resources that may help:

  1. DC Connect Flexible Delivery Toolkit
    The CTL has curated a toolkit that will support you in beginning to think about flex delivery as a unique teaching and learning mode. The focus is on pedagogical considerations with a module on Flexible Technology Orientation. If you are interested in having access to this toolkit, please email tanya.catallo@durhamcollege.ca
  2. Flexible Delivery Community of Practice
    In addition to the Toolkit, we have designed a Flexible Delivery Community of Practice through MS Teams. In this digital space, we can share our challenges and successes as well as any tips and tricks we discover throughout the year on this flexible delivery journey. There will be asynchronous prompts every two weeks to help participants engage with each other and pause to reflect on their flexible delivery. If you are interested in being part of this digital space, you can use this team code - 99s1q34 - to register.
  3. Monthly Synchronous Sessions
    Each month, we will be hosting synchronous sessions focused on specific topics. The aim of these sessions is to provide a space for faculty to discuss their flexible delivery journey and seek support from each other. Through this collaboration, we can all build our flexible delivery capacity. The sessions will be taking place as follows:

    • September 29th 12:00-1:00 - "Set and Start Up: Successes and Challenges"
    • October 28th 12:00-1:00 - "Flexible Delivery and In-Class Activities"
    • November 26th 12:00 -1:00 - "Assessments in Flexible Delivery"
    • December 17th 12:00 - 1:00 - "Parting Thoughts"