ISLS 2023 – Pre-Conference Workshop

About the Workshop

The concept of hybrid learning can be understood by referring to different dimensions of a learning situation. For instance, considering the learning spaces hybrid learning scenarios involve merging “on-site and remote students at the same time synchronously” (Raes, 2020, 2022). A wider conceptualization of hybrid learning is also possible considering other dichotomies such as face-to-face versus online education, individual versus collaborative active learning methodologies, and so on (Gil et al., 2022; Delgado Kloos et al., 2022).

Even in the post-COVID era at present, this new dimension of hybridity is viewed as both essential and flexible as it is common for students to attend synchronous learning situations that merge on-site and remote participants. Despite the flexibility hybrid learning entails for the students, it may increase teachers’ workload. Existing literature has already provided evidence that rapid capturing and real-time processing of classroom information to facilitate the regulation or the orchestration of learning activities is challenging (van Leeuwen & Rummel, 2020). On the one hand, teacher-supporting tools can be designed and deployed to lessen the burden on the side of the teachers. On the other hand, the hybridity of the learning scenarios may demand teachers to further divide their attention to consider learning activities that occur in multiple spaces, e.g., co-located and remote. Yet, little is known about how such learning situations influence teachers’ orchestration actions and orchestration load, which is a gap in the existing literature that requires further research from both conceptual and pragmatic stances considering the design of the learning situations (e.g., co-located, remote or hybrid) which aligns with the scope of the ISLS Annual meeting.

Thus, the goal of this workshop is twofold: The first goal is to bring together different perspectives on orchestration and orchestration load in hybrid learning scenarios. The second goal aims to explore in detail whether existing tools facilitate teachers in carrying out orchestration actions in hybrid learning situations or eventually new tools need to be designed.

Intended audience: The workshop’s main theme focuses on the challenges and opportunities of orchestrating hybrid learning scenarios, a timely topic that is both theoretically and practically intriguing to scholars and practitioners; for that reason we welcome both for the workshop.  

After ISLS, we will team up to create shared output. Our hope is to generate a product that will help drive the research agenda on Classroom Orchestration moving forward, perhaps in a white paper or special issue proposal. 

Workshop Activities and Tentative schedule

The workshop will run as a highly interactive event, with preparatory activities, aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the synchronous discussions and groupwork planned for the workshop at ISLS Annual Meeting. These activities will be supported by online tools and externalize knowledge for online discussion (e.g., collaborative concept mapping tools).

The workshop takes place on Saturday June 10th from 1:00pm-5:00pm (EDT)  (which is 7pm to 11pm CET) in a hybrid format. On-site/in-person participation will take place in  Dawson College, 4001 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal, QC, H3Z 3G4. The links for remote participation will be shared on June 7.

A rough outline of the workshop is given below.

Timing (CEST)Activity
[to appear]Introductions
Part 1: Lightning talks (20 minutes) based on asynchronous previous preparation  
Part 2: Interactive Panels (45 minutes) 
[to appear]Short break
[to appear]Part 3: Collaborative activity focusing on teacher support tools (45 minutes) based on asynchronous previous preparation
[to appear] Short break
[to appear]Part 3: wrap up and towards a research agenda

Timeline of registration and preparation

June 6th 2023 Deadline for uploading preparatory activities (see Registration page)
June 10th 2023ISLS 2023 Workshop
June 12th 2023Opening of the main conference