Flexibility

Providing students with some flexibility over their learning experiences helps them to feel empowered and supported, contributing to their well-being.

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Suggestions

Offer students the option to choose their “best two out of three” for assignments or quizzes

Offer students choice in assignments and opportunities to set their own deadlines or percentage of final grade for assignments (see sample)

Seek feedback from students throughout the semester. This could be done through web-survey or an anonymous in class comment card (see sample)

Use interactive tools like iclicker to promote class input and participation

Consider providing students with lecture notes or power point slides ahead of class, and providing lecture recordings (particularly helpful for EAL students whereby they have more opportunities to work through the rate of speech during lectures)

Consider alternative forms of office hours (for example skype, webconferencing, group office hours or canvas chat).

Consider using Open Textbooks (online texts that are free, adaptable and a flexible alternative to traditional text books )

Network Member

Nicky Didicher
Nicky enhances flexibility for students through "learner-centered teaching" and use of contractual evaluations.