Designing a Hybrid Course



Now you can begin to conceptualize what your Hybrid course might generally look like.

In this step, the brainstorming begins. You will begin to think about:

  1. What learning activities and assignments will you be doing?
  2. Where will those take place (online/out-of-class or face-to-face)
  3. How much time will each take?

Backwards Course Design

One way to help get you thinking about your course -- and conceptualize what it might look like -- is to think of it backwards. In the book Understanding by Design, Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe describe a framework for building a course called Backward Course Design. The process is "backward" because it defies traditional methods of course design that start with thinking about what content should be "covered."

There are three stages of backward design:

  1. Identify desired results: Desired objectives that students should achieve and outcomes students should be able to perform.
  2. Determine acceptable evidence: Determining how you will know/what evidence you will need to determine if a student has achieved understanding and proficiency of course content.
  3. Plan learning experiences and instruction: Your course activities.

Vanderbilt University's Center for Teaching outlines Backward Course Design in detail and provides links to other resources.

Hybrid Course Design Worksheet

At this point, you may not have all the sequencing figured out - and that's OK! This step is meant to get you thinking about the course in general. The sequencing takes place in the design phase. To help get your thoughts flowing, we've developed a Hybrid Course Design Worksheet.

This worksheet is a brainstorm worksheet, designed to help you begin to map out your course in terms of learning activities, assignments, and time needed to complete the activity. These activities can be existing activities that you would like to keep in your hybrid course, in addition to additional activities you may want to incorporate into your course.

Use the hybrid course planning worksheet to chunk your course activities into modules to use in Canvas. Modules are typically organized by week or by topic. Each module should have a specific learning outcome written in the form of "At the end of this unit, a student will be able to . . ." plus action verb plus a description of the knowledge, ability, skill, behavior, etc. that the student will demonstrate.

Click here to download the worksheet.

Example Worksheets

Education Course Worksheet
Health Course Worksheet
Literacy Course Worksheet

  1. Review

  2. Conceptualize

  3. Design

  4. Create

  5. Assess