Common e-Learning Hybrid Course Questions

How do Hybrid Courses Work?

A hybrid course combines online learning with face-to-face instruction.

  • This type of class may meet one, two, three, or four times a week.
  • It may also have online components found in Canvas, our online learning platform. However, not all faculty use Canvas. Your professor will tell you in class what online delivery system they are using.
  • Your professor will have some required assignments that have to be completed online and some that have to be completed in class. Traditionally:
    • Online assignments cannot be done in the classroom.
    • Classroom assignments cannot be done online.
    • Your professor will explain more at the first class meeting

The Class Schedule lists the class time and location of the classroom. Your professor will give you instructions for your course at that meeting.

What should I expect in a Hybrid Course?

As a student, you can expect that a portion of your instruction and assignments will be presented in an assigned classroom and partly provided online.

  • The division of online instructions and days spent in the classroom will vary depending on the course content and the instructor preference. Remember, online assignments cannot be done in the classroom and classroom assignments cannot be done online.
  • Some of the required class work will be completed and posted online and some of the assignments will be completed and submitted in class. Your instructor will provide details regarding what class work will be required in class and what work will be required online.
  • Online course materials and learning activities vary from class to class.
  • Typical web-based activities may include online discussions, peer review forums, small group work, forums for prewriting strategy posts, PowerPoint lectures, online exercises, audio- or video-lectures and tutorials.
  • Students have the flexibility to choose when and where to complete online assignments as long as they meet the deadlines specified in the class syllabus.
  • Students have set days and times for on-campus classes.
  • By learning in both online and face-to-face environments, you can expect to interact with the course content, the instructor and other students in a variety of ways.

What are the benefits for students taking a Hybrid Course?

  • Greater time flexibility, freedom and convenience
  • Decreased commuting
  • More interaction with the instructor and fellow students both in class and online
  • Access to unlimited, up-to-date online resources
  • Students often develop or enhance skills in time management, critical thinking and problem solving
  • Increased success as measured by fewer course withdrawals and somewhat higher grades
  • Ability to participate more in class discussions based on the environment they feel most comfortable
  • More time to reflect and refer to relevant course and other research materials when completing work online
  • In most cases students have 24/7 access to online course materials
  • A greater amount of, and more frequent, feedback from instructors
  • Acquire useful skills from using the Internet and computer technology

Will I be working on my own?

  • You may be working both independently and with others, as you interact in both the traditional and "virtual classroom."
  • You will be working closely with the instructor and the students in your class during your on-campus meetings.
  • In addition, you will also be working online, both independently and in some classes with others.
  • You will not be entirely on your own, but you will need good organizational and time-management skills to be successful as a hybrid student.