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Creating Hybrid Course Designs

Hybrid courses (or sometimes called blended courses) combine traditional in-person classes and online learning. Hybrid courses typically replace a portion of traditional face-to-face class meetings with online learning activities (e.g., online discussions, recorded lectures, online tutorials, video lectures, or guided reading). The balance between in-class activities and online activities can vary by course. 

Hybrid courses require conscious designs which will include:

  • Intentional design to coordinate in-person and online components
  • Planning and preparation for in-person and online classes, respectively
  • Strategies to best use the in-person classes
  • Ideas to make the online components engaging
  • Strategies to give feedback effectively
  • Mechanisms to enforce student accountability

Hybrid Course Models

Hybrid Course Models

In order to design a hybrid/blended course design, one should ask the following questions:

  • What are the most important learning objectives? What do you want students to know or to be able to do by taking your blended class?
  • What learning activities will work best to achieve the learning objectives?
  • Which of the above activities will work best in an online format and a face-to-face format?
  • How will you make the course design consistent and in a regular rhythm?
  • What assessment and feedback methods will work best for activities and assignments?

It is recommended to create a “blueprint” or a “map” for the course design. Templates for these from University of Central Florida’s Blend Course Toolkit are available on this webpage 

 Step-by-step Guides to Create Hybrid Courses

 Blended Learning Toolkit (University of Central Florida)

 “An Introduction to Hybrid Teaching” (College Du Page. Open Resource under Creative Commons)

Cornell resources on hybrid designs

 CUNY Teaching & Learning Center online/hybrid development guide (See the accessibility section).

The above are resources for hybrid/blended courses in general. Course designs for Fall 2020 semester will also have to consider the public health guidelines on face-to-face interactions, which will complicate the in-person class activities. Please see more on this under "In-class Teaching during COVID" menu.

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