A successful hybrid course involves much more than transferring lectures 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 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 best be accomplished in the classroom. Faculty must learn how to design BLENDED assignments that correspond with course goals and objectives.
Online Teaching Skills
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 to teach a successful hybrid course.
Course Goals and Solid Pedagogy OVER Technology
Your course does not have to use the latest technology or lots of bells and whistles! It should be a solid blend of assignments and activities.
Hybrid course Blackboard sites must be edited and kept up to date each semester and week. Online discussions must be read, commented upon and graded.
Portions from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s “What is Required of Instructor?”