Am I a good candidate for a hybrid course?
Ask yourself the questions below and read the additional information to help determine if you are a good candidate for a hybrid course.
Do you have good reading skills and express yourself well in writing? (Note: writing assignments may not be required in all classes)
- You must be able to read others' writing -- both your instructor's and your fellow students' -- and understand what they mean.
- You may also be required to write clearly and concisely, with few grammatical or spelling errors.
- You must be able to follow written directions to complete an assignment and be willing to ask questions when you don't understand what to do.
Are you comfortable working with computers and using the internet?
- Being willing and able to work online, and to use computers to complete assignments, is critical.
- You should have access to a relatively newer computer, or be willing to use a computer workstation in the College computer laboratories or in the Public Library.
- You should have access to use a fast (broadband) internet connection.
- You should know enough about computers to be able to upload and download files to your course website, search and browse the web, use email and interact on a discussion forum. You should also know how to download appropriate plugins if needed to read or view a file.
- You should be able to input text well and be able to use basic programs such as a word processor. Some courses will require you to know how to use other computer programs such as Excel, PowerPoint or Photoshop. Check the course syllabus as early as possible to find out whether you will be able to meet the computer requirements.
- Develop a backup plan in case your technology fails in any way.
Are you good at managing and scheduling your time?
- You will do at least as much work in a hybrid course as in a regular traditional face-to-face course.
- Although your use of time is more flexible in a hybrid course, sometimes you will not be able to fit everything in conveniently with your personal schedule, just as in a regular face-to-face course. It's highly advisable to read ahead in the course syllabus to find out when assignments are due and what you will have to do first before you can complete them. This is particularly important if the assignments are online, and require computer access.
- Since a significant amount of your work in a hybrid course will involve meeting a specific schedule defined by your instructor, you must be able to complete a specified task on time. Extensions are often not available for assignments, and if you run into a technical problem when you try to complete an assignment at the last minute, you may end up with a lower grade as a result.
- You must be prepared to schedule time online several days each week. You should expect to login to the course website at least three times a week and spend at least two to three hours doing online work. If other responsibilities make this schedule impossible, you should probably not take a hybrid course.