Faculty Responsibilities in a Hybrid Course
Teaching a Hybrid course for the first time requires a significant commitment of time and energy. A successful Hybrid course involves much more than simply transferring lecture or other course materials to the Web. It requires rethinking and redesigning your course, learning online teaching skills and learning technology tools.
Think of it as “migration”; once the traditional course materials move to the hybrid format, the entire course is never the same again.
Commitment of Time and Energy
It is critical to commit the time necessary to redesign a traditional course into a Hybrid course that blends the face-to-face and online learning activities. We recommend lead time of one to two semesters to work on your Hybrid course before teaching it.
Rethinking and Redesigning
Course redesign involves deciding what course objectives can be achieved best through online learning activities, and what can be best accomplished in the classroom. Faculty must learn how to design BLENDED assignments that correspond with course goals and objectives.
Online Teaching Skills
To teach a successful Hybrid course, an instructor must be comfortable and proficient with technology—using Blackboard and developing various online teaching skills, especially how to foster online discussions, online learning communities, address and manage student expectations and online learning problems.
Course Goals and Solid Pedagogy OVER Technology
Your course does not have to have the latest technology or many bells and whistles! It needs a solid blend of assignments and activities.
Hybrid course Blackboard sites must be edited and kept up to date from semester to semester and week to week. Online discussions must be read, commented upon and graded.
Portions from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s “What is Required of Instructor?”