Hybrid Course Design
In this phase you will start designing and structuring your hybrid course. Remember there is no 'right' way to design your hybrid course. It is important to remember, however, that university policy sets guidelines to ensure that credit hours have a consistent expectation of workload for faculty and students. Here are a few examples of hybrid course designs.
5-Credit Course that is 51% hybrid
Traditional-classroom-space time = 2.5 hours (50 minute hours that translates into 100 minutes)
On-line class time = 2.5 hours (50 minute hours that translate into 100 minutes)
Outside of class support of student learning = 10 hours (time spent completing assignments) = 10 hours
5-Credit Course with Community-Based Learning Component Option 1
In-class time = 5 hours (50 minute hours that translates to 4 hours at UWB)
CBL site work = 2
Outside of class support of student learning = 8
5-Credit Course with Community-Based Learning Component Option 2
In-class time = 4 hours (50 minute hours that translates to 3 hours 20 or 30 minutes at UWB)
CBL site work = 2
Outside of class support of student learning = 9
Structuring a hybrid course is one of the biggest challenges when thinking about hybrid course development. We have found that modules typically work best for designing your hybrid Canvas course. You can create modules for each week (usually best) or by topic. A hybrid (and online) course needs to be well organized to help students be successful.
Think about how you will assess your student. What evidence will you gather to determine what students are learning? Assessments can be formal (high-stakes) or informal (low-stakes) and can include a wide variety of assessments including writing assignments, lab work, homework, discussions, tests, quizzes, projects, presentations, eportfolios etc.
What learning activities will you use? Determine activities that would work well in a face-to-face environment and in an online (or out of the classroom) environment. One general tip is you want to maximize active learning and social interactions in the face-to-face environment since social presence can be harder to maintain in the online environment. Also, you want to be sure that your face-to-face portion of your course informs your online portion of your course and vice versa so it feels like a cohesive whole.
Course Design Worksheet
The Hybrid course design worksheet will help you get started thinking through your hybrid course design week by week. By thinking through the online and face-to-face activities of your course in tandem, you can create a sense of continuity and coherence for the student experience across the two modes of learning.
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