About Hybrid Learning

The term "hybrid course" (a term we use interchangeably with the term "blended learning") names a model of course design that combines traditional, face-to-face class time with online and out-of-class course work. For UW Bothell specifically, we define hybrid courses as those where 25% to 50% of the traditional face-to-face class time is replaced with online or out-of-class work. (See UCF Blended Learning Toolkit for an alternative definition of "blended learning.")

The replacement of 25% to 50% of in-class time with online and out-of-class work differentiates "hybrid courses" from "Web-enhanced courses," which continue to meet during the normal class hours and use the online component to supplement face-to-face time. (Allen et al. 2007)

Hybrid vs. Online Courses


Online Courses:

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  • 100% of the course is conducted fully online.
  • A Learning Management System (LMS), such as Canvas, is used for all communication and class work.
  • There are no required on-campus class meetings.


Hybrid Courses:

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  • 25% - 50% of traditional face-to-face class time is replaced with online or out-of-class work.
  • Courses make use of an LMS or other online tools for coursework and communication.
  • Classtime is schedule to work in conjunction with online coursework and activities.


Web-Enhanced Courses:

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  • Courses are setup in a traditional, face-to-face format.
  • An LMS and/or other online tools are used together with the classroom to supplement face-to-face coursework.
  • Classtime and meetings occur normally.

About Hybrid Learning at UWB


From the Faculty

To learn about what faculty members at the UWB have to say about their experiences with Hybrid Learning, click here.

Hybrid Course Definitions for the UWB Time Schedule

Here is a handout used by the time schedulers in each program/school to determine how to define a hybrid course and list it in the time schedule. It may be useful to view different ways a hybrid course is defined here on campus.

There is a growing body of research that shows that hybrid learning can enhance student learning beyond traditional face-to-face courses and in fully online courses.

One of the largest studies, done by the U.S. Department of Education, showed a significant improvement of learning in hybrid courses as compared to face-to-face and online (2009). This course format gives faculty and students greater flexibility in terms of scheduling their classes, as well as increased student engagement.