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What Is a Hybrid Course?

Hybrid classes at NOVA combine in-person/face-to-face and online instruction into a single course.

In the Classroom & Online

Student Advice

left quoteThis class doesn't finish by the end of the hour of class. The class takes all the week because we have the possibility to communicate to each other by computers.”


Typically, your hybrid course will meet 50 percent of the time in the classroom and 50 percent online. For example, 50 percent of the "contact hours"* of a hybrid will meet in class on one of the days of a Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday weekly class schedule.

*"Contact Hours" refers to the in-class meeting time that roughly corresponds to course credits.

Example: A 3 credit course = 3 contact hours of class time, required per week. A "regular" class will meet in the classroom Tuesday/Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m., but a "hybrid" class will meet in the classroom Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. and there will be online assignments in place of the Thursday meeting in which you will be working with other students. These assignments are class, not "homework". You will have homework too.


Likewise, 50 percent of the "contact hours" of a hybrid will meet online through a variety of learning activities. For example, if the course meets face to face on Tuesday, it will not meet face to face on Thursday. Instead, you will be required to complete online learning activities that will be equal to the second in class meeting. The online half will be different types of online assignments and will require you to be an active learner.

Homework & Workload

Student Advice

left quoteI love it because you don't have to come into class as often. But hybrids have a bigger work load. Lot's of responsibility. Less time to learn the lecture.”


Homework is additional -- a typical 3 credit course includes about 10 hours per week of homework, preparation, etc., in addition to the in class contact hours.


Students can expect to spend at least the same amount of time or more on a hybrid course as they would in a traditional/face-to-face course: contact hours and homework.