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
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.