Hybrid Learning Orientation
Hybrid courses mix classroom instruction with online learning, offering students both the flexibility of online courses and the face-to-face interaction of traditional courses.
These courses contain the same content as the corresponding traditional classroom versions. When completed successfully, grades and credits for these courses are recorded on a student's record in the same manner as traditional courses. Prospective students may want to contact the instructor of a course or courses they are considering for specific details.
Before deciding to enroll in one or more hybrid courses, you should consider several important issues:
1) How is a hybrid course different from a traditional course?
Hybrid courses are very similar to traditional courses, except that part of their coursework, usually 50% or more, is completed online. While students taking a hybrid course spend less time in the classroom, these courses have the same requirements and workloads as traditionally-delivered courses. How the different components of a course are managed and distributed between classroom time and Internet settings depends on the specific course and the instructor.
2) What type of learner must I be to successfully complete these courses?
In order to be successful, students enrolled in hybrid courses should be motivated and have good organizational skills. In particular, students need to avoid procrastination by setting up and maintaining a weekly study schedule to stay on top of assignments.
In addition, students should take advantage of class time and office hours to communicate regularly with their instructors, as well as make effective use of various course materials and learning tools available through the college's flexible-learning programs. A hybrid course is an excellent choice if:
- Time is an issue and it would be more convenient for you to spend less time on campus and more time working from home.
- You prefer to maintain some personal contact with your instructor and fellow students, rather than engaging in a wholly distance-learning mode of instruction.
- You are interested in experiencing engaged and interactive learning both in the classroom and online.
All hybrid courses begin with an orientation session on the first day of class, during which the instructor discusses the general layout of the course, necessary materials and assignments, as well the features of the course management system in terms of tests, grades, course content and communication tools.
3) What technical issues should I be aware of for these courses?
Here are a couple of key technical things you need to consider before signing up for a hybrid course:
- You will need a laptop or desktop computer or regular and uninterrupted access to one you can use to complete the online portion of your coursework.
- You must have a reliable, fast, and direct connection to the Internet (cable internet is highly recommended, especially for courses with media components) and a updated browser to access your course materials through. Chrome or Firefox are the best, most Blackboard-compliant options.
- Some courses have additional requirements. Check with your instructor for details concerning necessary materials, software and hardware requirements. Your instructor may require you to use specific software to format your files or to complete course assignments. You will need to ensure you know how to access, install, and use these programs.
- Finally, you'll need some experience and familiarity navigating and using the Internet as an information and communication resource. This includes downloading and attaching files to an email, word processing and basic fundamentals of using a computer.
If you have any additional questions about a hybrid course, please contact registration or the course instructor to find out what unique requirements each course may have.