Hybrid courses combine face-to-face instruction with online learning in order to take advantage of the strengths of both in-person and digital spaces; students attend some in-person class meetings and also engage with a significant amount of content asynchronously online. When done well, hybrid teaching offers significant benefits: Not only does the format allow for more flexibility and accessibility, research has shown that it can lead to better learning outcomes (Joosten et al., 2021). In well-designed hybrid courses, students are able to work through asynchronous course content at their own pace while still experiencing the immediate feedback and real-time engagement of the in-person classroom (Iowa State University, 2020).
The resources below provide guidance for instructors who choose to develop a hybrid course. If you would like to discuss further hybrid teaching or explore ways to adapt hybrid delivery models to your specific course objectives, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is considerable variation in the terminology used to describe hybrid and remote teaching within higher education literature and popular media. The resources below provide clear, Trent-specific definitions of the range of delivery formats along with guidance for instructors as they consider the optimal delivery format for their course.
Within hybrid delivery, there are a number of ways to combine in-person meetings with online activities in order achieve your unique course learning goals. The resources below provide an overview of different models for hybrid teaching, including flipped classrooms and rotational models, as well as an updated Blackboard template for hybrid courses. We have also included a Trent-specific guide to creating a syllabus for a hybrid course to help instructors explain hybrid course formats to students, so that they can understand what is expected of them.
Some hybrid courses complement in-person meetings with online platforms that allow students to engage with one another asynchronously. The guides below provide an overview of the platforms available at Trent for online student-to-student interaction.
Most hybrid courses “flip” the traditional classroom by having students learn course content asynchronously and devoting in-person meetings to active learning through discussions, lab experiments, case studies, and workshops. The guides below provide ideas for activities to incorporate into in-person class meetings.
- Flipped Classroom in Third-Year Undergraduate Statistics (O’Hagan)
Planning a Remote Course
- Learning Activities for a Remote Course: Options, Considerations, and Tools
- Sample Plans for Remote Courses
- Planning a Remote Course: A Checklist
- How to Organize a Blackboard Course
Engaging Students in a Remote Course
- Guidelines for Teaching with Zoom
- Guidelines for Using Discussion Boards in Remote Courses
- Trauma-Informed Teaching in Remote Courses
- Guidelines for Talking about Difficult Topics in a Remote Course
Assessing Students' Work in a Remote Course
- Guidelines for Selecting and Designing Assessments for Remote Courses
- Assessments for Remote Teaching: Definitions, Guidelines, Uses, and Limitations
Indigenous Pedagogy in Remote Courses
Supporting Students Who Cannot Come to Class
Sample Student Communications
- Sample Welcome/Orientation Emails
- Sample Check-In Email
- Sample Student Feedback Email
- Sample VoiceThread Introduction Assignment