Best Practices: Hybrid

Best Practices: Hybrid Courses

Hybrid courses effectively blend online learning elements with face-to-face instruction. Hybrid courses are NOT courses that include both face-to-face and online students.

Choosing a Hybrid Model

Recent research shows many students prefer and learn more in a Hybrid environment, which integrates technology with valuable instructor contact. A hybrid course makes sense when students will need intense periods of instructor guidance, experience, practice, or peer feedback to expedite learning. Hybrid courses incorporate in-class activities that directly benefit student learning, such as when complex skills, or highly collaborative team projects are learning outcomes.

Hybrid Design Methods

  1. Begin with learning outcomes, then you can begin distinguishing online and face-to-face activities. Plan your online content to complement in-class sessions, and vice-versa. For example, the online portion can be well-suited to fact-based learning such as overviews, discussions, quizzes, and lectures, which can activate prior knowledge and prepare students for new ways of thinking.
  2. Maximize the in-class learning time with hands-on labs, application tasks, problem-solving, and team projects where students benefit from working together, asking questions, and receiving in-the-moment instructor guidance.

Hybrid Assessment

Assess learning both online and in class. You can accelerate in-class learning by allowing time for plenty of trial, error, and immediate feedback.

Hybrid Delivery

  • Before class, provide examples and explanations.
  • In class, encourage student collaboration, active learning with feedback, applied learning, and demonstration of mastery.
  • After class: Reinforce in-class learning activities with reflection and enriched practice.

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Instructional Designers

We have two instructional designers on staff who are happy to meet with you to discuss any topics related to teaching and learning:

Carie Saunders Carie Saunders
Instructional Designer
Phone: (208) 885-7138
Doug Habib Doug Habib
Instructional Designer
Phone: (208) 885-6838

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