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Strategies For Student Engagement In Hybrid Class Environment
Due to the threat of COVID 19 outbreak, higher education institutions have faced a colossal challenge to balance the desire to create effective learning environments with a need to keep their faculty, staff, and students safe through social distancing. While many institutions have opted to move all in-person instruction online to help prevent the spread of the virus, some institutions adopted a hybrid instructional model that aims to reduce the number of students in each class session by offloading an alternating group of students to online instruction. The novelty of this hybrid format has created an urgent need for teaching experiments aimed at assessing effectiveness of the existing and innovative instructional strategies in hybrid class environment. This survey-based research study examines student and faculty perception on various engagement strategies used in several hybrid classes in Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Project Management. The conclusion of this paper describes the challenges and opportunities that arise during the implementation of prototype hybrid teaching methods, as well as suggestions for improvement of student engagement in hybrid courses.