2021-22 Provost Lecture Series
Building on What We Have Learned: Enhancing Teaching and Learning Using Hybrid and Online Teaching Approaches and Methods after the Pandemic
Thursday, April 21, 2022
K-State Student Union - Flint Hills Room
3:30 - 5:30p.m.
Professor of Agricultural Economics
2021-2022 Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars
Jason Bergtold is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University since 2007. Dr. Bergtold’s research examines the economics of conservation and sustainable agriculture; bioenergy and biofuels production; land use economics and environmental policy; and advances in discrete choice modeling. He has engaged both undergraduate and graduate students in his research, published over 70 peer-reviewed publications, and has raised over $9 million in grant funds from NSF, USDA-NIFA and other sources to support his research program. Dr. Bergtold teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, teaching well over 200 students a year. Dr. Bergtold is the inaugural editor of Applied Economics Teaching Resources, a new teaching publication published by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. He has been recognized for his teaching accomplishments receiving numerous awards, including: the Outstanding Teaching Award with 10 or more years of experience from both the AAEA and WAEA in 2021; USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for the North Central Region in 2018; Outstanding Teaching Award with less than 10 years of experience from the AAEA in 2016 and WAEA in 2015; and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from Kansas State University in 2014. Dr. Bergtold is the recipient of the 2021-2022 Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars.
The COVID-19 pandemic was an unprecedented shock to learning, instructional delivery, and engagement across classrooms at institutions of higher education in the United States. Much research about learning during the pandemic indicated a reduction or impeded learning outcomes and instructional quality during the pandemic. Even so, many instructors and teachers rose to the challenge to transition and deliver courses online, develop innovative methods to engage students, and adopt a multitude of hybrid and blended learning formats over the course of the pandemic. These innovations should not become irrelevant when the pandemic ends but continue to enhance learning and engage students in the classroom, even with a return to predominately in-person instruction. This presentation will share research about the impact of hybrid and blended learning on student outcomes, as well as innovative ways to approach redesigning our courses as we transition back to a predominately in-person educational experience. The information provided will help instructors learn how to maintain the innovations and approaches developed and adopted during the pandemic, as well as how to design their courses with online, hybrid and blended course elements moving forward.