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What is a hybrid course?

Hybrid classes at NOVA combine face to face and online instruction into a single course.

Course Schedule


A hybrid course at NOVA typically meets face to face half of the time and online the rest of the time. For example, 50% of the “contact hours”1 of a hybrid will meet in class on one of the days of a Tues./Thurs. or Mon./Wed. weekly class schedule.

See your Division for specific policy — some departments require different proportion — 30% online and 70% face to face, but not more than 50% online.

1“Contact hours” refers to the in class meeting time that roughly corresponds to course credits.

Example: Typical (non-lab, developmental) courses are three contact hours, scheduled to meet approximately three hours per week (Tuesday/Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.) In a hybrid course, half of the contact hours are not face to face/in person, but must be accounted for as well.


Likewise, 50% 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, students will be required to complete online learning activities that are commensurate with the second in class meeting. These online teaching/learning activities can be different types of online assignments and promote active and independent learning.

Homework & Workload

Elaine George

Elaine George - Instructor, ESL


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

Faculty can expect to spend at least the same amount of time or more teaching a hybrid course than a traditional face-to-face course because of the additional work of course redesign, continual course management/maintenance and grading the online course portion.