Hybrid Courses

What is a hybrid course?
A hybrid course is a course in which a significant portion of the learning activities is conducted online (Blackboard) and the time traditionally spent in the classroom is reduced but not eliminated. The goal of a hybrid course is to join the best features of in-class teaching with the best features of online learning to promote active independent learning and reduce time spent in the classroom. By employing computer-based technologies, instructors use the hybrid model to redesign some lecture or lab content into new online learning activities, such as case studies, tutorials, self-testing exercises, simulations, and online group collaborations.

What type students do well in hybrid courses?
Hybrid courses are especially attractive to students who are organized, self-motivated, self-disciplined, and technology-savvy independent learners.

To be successful in hybrid courses, students should be prepared to do the following:

  • Travel to campus to attend the required face-to-face sessions (most tests and final exam)
  • Access the web several times a week
  • Read assignments and directions carefully
  • Submit assignments by the deadlines
  • Spend 6 to 9 hours per week on the class
  • Communicate with the instructor via Holmes Bb, Holmes email account, and face-to-face interaction in the classroom

Additional notes concerning hybrid courses
Attendance will be monitored by face-to-face class attendance and by logins and/or timely submission of assignments, including tests, homework, projects, etc during the online class session. A student is expected to complete all assignments by the appropriate due date. Failure to complete such assignments by the due date will be recorded as a zero. The existing rules concerning financial aid eligibility apply to hybrid courses. Hybrid courses count toward a student's full course load.