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Dual Delivery Student Engagement – Strategies and Examples

Welcome to the Dual Delivery Student Engagement Strategy and Examples blog.  The Teaching and Learning staff at South Suburban College will provide strategies and examples to assist faculty in teaching in a dual delivery format. Check back often for updates as we plan to add creative and innovative strategies throughout the term.

What is Dual Delivery at South Suburban College?

A dual delivery class provides for both limited in-person seating and virtual students attending via D2L virtual classroom. Students must choose their preferred delivery mode section when registering. Virtual students are expected to be available at the scheduled class and lab times.

What do the Virtual Students Experience?

Remember, the virtual student can only see a small portion of the physical classroom, usually the instructor and white board.  The instructor can also share their screen as they showcase a PowerPoint presentation, website, or a variety of course content.  But if in-class students are talking and participating in the class discussion, the virtual students may only be able to hear audio (unless the instructor moves the camera).  These are considerations to keep in mind when designing your course in D2L or guiding in-class discussions.

Strategy and Example #1 – Incorporate Weekly Online Discussion Forums

The Set-up

  • To encourage student engagement with your virtual students, create an online discussion forum with a topic you plan to discuss in-class.  This allows your virtual students to feel like they have another option to participate and be heard.
  • To encourage building community with both in-class and virtual students, make it a requirement that both sets of students respond to the weekly online discussion forum.
  • Name each weekly discussion forum Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, etc., so that the discussion forums can be easily identified.
  • To encourage participation, provide feedback and grading by giving the weekly online discussion forum a point value, i.e., make it worth their time.
  • Let students know that their online discussion forum post may be brought up during class time.
  • See: How to Create Discussions Forums in D2L

How to Implement

  • Prior to your in-class time, read the online discussion forums and take note of interesting comments by both in-class and virtual students.
  • During your class time, call on two students who had interesting comments in the online discussion forums or that you would like to clarify specifics of their posts.
  • When students respond during class time, have them mentioned their name first.  This allows the virtual students to make a connection to the in-class student.  The virtual student may not see those in-class students, but they may have read their online discussion forum posts.

See it In Action – Examples

I use the out-of-class posts to guide in-class discussions”.
Dr. Jay Howard, reprint from the Teaching Professor Newsletter
(December 2016)

  • Dr. Jay Howard is a professor of sociology and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University and author of the book Discussion in the College Classroom – Getting your Students Engaged and Participating in Person and Online.
  • Dr. Howard uses this strategy for his traditional face-to-face courses.
  • According to a Reprint from the Teaching Professor Newsletter, Dr. Howard has found advantages to this strategy:
    • Encourages class-wide participation.
    • Students who might experience anxiety of being called upon in-class, may feel better organizing their thoughts in an online discussion forum first, then clarifying their thoughts in-class.
    • Since students know their online discussion forum posts may be brought up in-class, this encourages them to provide reflective posts.
    • Motivates students to complete readings required that week.  Students can be assigned to provide a quote from a reading in the online discussion forum or post something that raises a question.
    • Since Dr. Howard is reading the online discussion forums prior to class, he can determine where students may be struggling and if more in-class discussion is required.
    • On that same note, he can also determine if students are on track and he can now focus on other areas of discussion.



  • Are you teaching a dual delivery course and would like to provide a helpful strategy?  Email:

Bongo Virtual Classroom – Large Gallery View (display 25 student cameras at once)

Bongo recently introduced a new feature in their virtual classroom platform that increases the number of student cameras that can be displayed at one time.  The Large Gallery view can be found under settings and can be utilized by both the instructor and student to customize their individual view. Presentation view is on by default, but users can toggle between Presentation view and Large Gallery view.

Bongo Virtual Classroom Large Gallery View
Bongo Virtual Classroom Large Gallery View

Toggle Between Presentation view and Large Gallery view

  • While in the virtual classroom, select the Settings options (three dots in the upper right corner)
Bongo Virtual Classroom Settings
  • Select Large Gallery view
Bongo Virtual Classroom Toggle to Large Gallery View

  • Repeat steps to return to Presentation view
  • Important Note – In order to use Large Gallery view, at least one camera must be turned on, otherwise this option will be greyed out.  Large Gallery view is not available on mobile devices.

    Pin Your Camera to be the First Displayed

    • Click on Participants
    • Select Your Name
    • Select Pin camera
    Bongo Virtual Classroom Pin Camera

    For a complete list of recent Bongo updates see:

    Join Bongo Virtual Classroom using an iPad or iPhone

    Student’s may receive an error when trying to join their Bongo Virtual Classroom using an iPad or iPhone.  However, this can be rectified by following these four simple steps:

    Step 1: Make Certain your iPad or iPhone’s operating system is up to date

    • On your iPad or iPhone open Settings App > General > Software Update

    Step 2: Update your Safari Settings

    • On your iPad or iPhone open Settings App > Safari
    Ipad Safari Settings
    • Make sure all of the following are toggled OFF:
      • Block All Cookies
      • Prevent cross-site tracking
    ipad security settings for Safari

    Step 3: Download the Brightspace Pulse App

    • On your iPad or iPhone open App Store App
    • Search Brightspace Pulse and download
    Brightspace Pulse App logo
    • Open the Brightspace Pulse app and follow the tutorial next buttons until you are at the screen to select your school
    • Select South Suburban College
    • Login with the same username and password you use to login to D2L: Complete SSC email and password (example: tmakin100@student.ssc)

    Step 4:  Navigate to your Bongo Virtual Classroom

    • Using the Brightspace Pulse App you downloaded in step 3 above, under My Courses > Select the three dots in the upper right-hand corner of your desired course
    • Select Launch Course Homepage
    Brightspace Pulse Launch Course Page
    • Under More in the course navigation > Select Virtual Classroom
    BrightSpace Pulse More Virtual Classroom
    • Under Action column of scheduled Virtual Classroom session > select Launch
    D2L Launch Virtual Classroom
    • Select Join
    Bongo Join
    • Select to allow Microphone
    • To turn on your webcam, select Camera and allow

    Using Respondus Lockdown Browser with a Pearson MyLab course

    South Suburban College has an institutional license for Respondus Lockdown Browser.  Students should never have to pay any fees associated with Respondus Lockdown Browser.

    If using a MyPearson lab course, instructors will have to complete an additional step to avoid students paying a fee.  It’s a one-time set up of connecting Respondus Lockdown Browser in D2L to their Pearson  MyLab course.

    Step 1: Enter your course in D2L

    • Select Quizzes > LockDown Browser
    • Select Continue
    • Under LockDown Browser Resources > Select Other Systems
    • Select the + icon next to Pearson MyLab
    • Copy the Pearson MyLab Code (code is unique for each instructor)

    Step 2: Go to your Pearson MyLab course

    • Navigate to course settings > Learning Aids and Test Options
    • Under LockDown Browser and Proctoring > Check Use Automated Monitor in this course
    • Select Complete the Respondus Monitor Proctoring license Set up
    • Paste the Pearson MyLab Code from Step 1 above
    • Select Make Available

    Release an Assignment or Quiz to a Particular Section of Students

    When teaching a combined section course, there may be times when an instructor would like to release an assignment or quiz to a particular section of students.  Releasing assignments and quizzes to sections have slightly different directions which are referenced below:

    Assignment – Release an assignment to a particular section of students

    • Edit a current Assignment
    • Select Availability Dates and Conditions
    • Under Release Conditions > Select Add a Release Condition
    • Select Create New
    • Under Condition Type > Select Section Enrollment
    • Under Condition Details > Select the Section and Create
    • Only students in that section can now access the assignment

    Quiz – Release a quiz to a particular section of students

    • Edit a current Quiz > select Restrictions
    • Under Release Conditions > Select Create and Attach

    • Under Condition Type > Select Section Enrollment
    • Under Condition Details > Select the Section and Create
    • Only students in that section can now access the quiz

    Release an Assignment or Quiz to Student Groups

    There may be times when an instructor would like to release a quiz to a particular group of students.  For example, an instructor may have a group project as part of an assignment and would like to release an assignment or quiz to just that particular group. 

    The first step is creating student groups and enrolling students into that group.  The next step includes adding restrictions to a quiz or assignment based on the group.

    Step 1: Create Groups in child shell course (combined section)

    • Go to Course Tools > Groups > New Category
    Manage Groups
    • Provide a Category Name, such as Labs
    • Enrollment Type:  Select # of Groups – No Auto Enrollment (this allows the instructor to manually enroll students into each group)
    • Select Number of Groups
    • Provide Group Prefix.  This name will appear before each group number (Labs 1, Labs 2)­­
    • Save
    Category Information

    Step 2: Manually Enroll Students into each Group

    • Select the Group Name
    Category Name
    • Select Enroll Users
    Edit Group
    • Select the student names
    • Save

    Step 3: Create a Restriction for the Quiz based on Groups

    • Edit the current Quiz > select Restrictions
    • Under Release Conditions > Select Create and Attach
    • Under Condition Type > Select Group Enrollment
    • Select the Group that the quiz should be release to
    • Select Create
    New Restriction
    • Quiz now has a Group Restriction
    Group Restriction

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