Designing a Hybrid Course



With your basic course structure in place, you can now begin to build your course in a learning management system like Canvas, or in an alternate online space. A good first step is to create the syllabus.

Hybrid Course Syllabus

When creating your hybrid course syllabus, consider adding the following sections:

Course Structure

  1. Overview of the course structure and an explanation of what will happen face-to-face and what will happen online. For example
    • __ % of time face-to-face as well as what activities students can expect (lecture, group discussion, class projects, etc.)
    • __ % of time online/out of class and activities students can expect (readings, watching lectures, quizzes, group projects, videos, chat, discussion forums, email, journaling, blogging, wikis, etc.)
  2. Explicitly state your attendance and/or participation policy. Remind students participation in both in-class and online/out-of-class work is required.
  3. In the syllabus or weekly schedule include specific dates and times for on-campus class sessions as well as building and room locations. If online or out of class sessions will be held at a specific location or using a particular technology, indicate this as well.
  4. In syllabus or weekly schedule include a breakdown of which components of the course will be online and/or out of class as well as which will be face-to-face. This will help illustrate for students what is expected of them and when.

Technical Requirements & Support

  1. What is required for participation in the class (e.g. internet connection and any other tools, resources, and materials);
  2. Expected technical skills needed to be successful;
  3. Technical support contact information for each technology being used (e.g. Learning Technologies resource pages or tutorials for Canvas, Google Site, etc.)

Course/Learning Management System

  1. If a course management system (Canvas, Catalyst) will be used, state this and include links to appropriate online help resources.
  2. Guidelines for communicating online (discussion board guidelines, guidelines for sending messages & email, chat and web conference guidelines, etc.)

Take a look at a few examples of Hybrid Course syllabi from UWB Hybrid courses.

Education Course Syllabus
Health Course Syllabus
Literacy Course Syllabus


Here are a few additional resources for creating a syllabus for your Hybrid course:

UWB Syllabus Language (need document to link this)
This is suggested language that you can copy/paste/modify for your own syllabus.

ASU English Syllabi
The Arizona State University Department of English has posted a number of their hybrid and online course syllabi. A great place to go for ideas.

Fullerton College English Syllabus (link provided 404'd)
This is an example of a hybrid syllabus for a 100 level English class. The following sections are worth a look: About This Hybrid, Course Computer Proficiency, Required Course Work

CSU - Sacramento Hybrid Course Syllabus Template (link provided does not allow me to access content)
An extensive Hybrid Course Syllabus Template you can download in Word format and revise for your course.

Creating Additional Course Content

Additionally in this step you can begin creating additional content and materials you may need for your course. This can include items such as Tegrity videos, online presentations, or setting up social media accounts that you will use in the course.