Silberman has embraced the use of educational technology to supplement your courses. You’ll find that many of your professors are using Blackboard, the course management system, to post the course syllabus, course materials, and announcements.
Please watch the following video tutorial to learn more about Blackboard and how it is used in conjunction with our classes.
Silberman currently offers four course formats.
Traditional – You will meet weekly in the classroom for three hours. You may need to access some course materials online via Blackboard but there is very limited online work.
- Practice Lab is offered in the traditional format.
Hybrid – Roughly one-third of your course, about 15 hours, will be online. You will meet weekly for two hours in the classroom. The online component may be one hour each week or two-three hours, four to five times during the semester.
- Most of our classes are hybrid.
Super-Hybrid – You will meet in the classroom 2-3 times during the semester: the first and last class, and possibly another class around mid-semester. In between these in-person sessions you will log in to Blackboard, at your convenience, to access weekly content and interact with your classmates and professor virtually.
- Some sections of Human Behavior in the Social Environment courses are offered in the super-hybrid format.
Online – This course is fully online: 100% of scheduled class meetings are replaced with online activities or virtual meetings. All of the class work is online in Blackboard.
- Some sections of Human Behavior in the Social Environment and Research Methods are offered in a fully online format.
What are the advantages of taking a super-hybrid or online courses?
- Time: You will have more flexibility with your time. You can review course content at your convenience during each week. There will be weekly deadlines though.
- Travel: You will reduce your commute Silberman. This is especially helpful if you live or work in a different borough.
- Technology: You will improve your technology skills as many of these skills can be applied outside of your course.
What can I expect to do in a super-hybrid or online course?
You can expect to do one or more of the following:
- Access your course materials.
- Submit assignments.
- Participate in online discussions.
- Work in pairs or groups on papers and projects.
- Write reflections in a blog or journal.
- Create media like audio or video presentations.
- Take quizzes.
- Virtually meet with your professor and/or classmates online.