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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  https://blended.online.ucf.edu/blendkit-course-diy-project-tasks/ 

 Step-by-step Guides to Create Hybrid Courses

 Blended Learning Toolkit (University of Central Florida)

https://blended.online.ucf.edu/blendkit-course/

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

https://www.codlearningtech.org/PDF/hybridteachingworkbook.pdf

Cornell resources on hybrid designs

https://teaching.cornell.edu/resource/getting-started-designing-hybrid-learning-course

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

https://tlc.commons.gc.cuny.edu/hybridonline-course-development/

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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