Saturday, April 16, 2016

Considering Creating a Hybrid Course?

There are many reasons to consider creating a hybrid course:
  • Supporting traditional students and those who have been out of school for a while.
  • Allows flexibility while keeping the personal attention and assistance of a F2F course.
  • Helps students overcome resistance to online learning.
  • Enhances skills in global communication and education. 
  • Provides virtual options that are not available within a F2F structure.

When thinking about creating a hybrid or blended course consider ways in which you are intending on moving your instruction:
  • from traditional face 2 face or 
  • from a full online structure?

Moving from a traditional class structure requires consideration of which content will be provided on ground and which will be available online. Next you will need to decide how you are using your time. Many people who create hybrid courses, use their LMS (Learning Management System) or CMS (Course Management System) as both a storage of resources and a map for self directed learning or virtual collaboration to assist in team projects that span more than a class session.

If you are comfortable with instructional design, this will be the task that takes the most amount of your time, but will save you time during instruction and enable learning to extend beyond the four walls of your classroom. You will need to create modules of learning, assignments that can be explained in a few sentences, flexibility for submissions, and curation of multi-modal content.

If, however, you are not comfortable with instructional design locating an instructional designer or member of your Center for Teaching and learning is recommended. These individuals can help you think through the organization of your course. In addition, they will share effective instructional strategies and applications to use in the online portion of your course.

If you would like more information regarding creating hybrid or blended courses contact