A hybrid-blended class refers to a model of course design that combines traditional classroom learning with online or out-of-class coursework activities. At MSMC, a hybrid course is defined as a course where a portion, but not all, of traditional face-to-face class time is replaced with online or out-of-class coursework that is planned and scheduled on a regularly occurring basis.
Hybrid-Blended Courses (30-80% online)
The Flipped Classroom
According to the University of Texas at Austin, a flipped class is one that inverts the typical cycle of content acquisition and application, so that students gain necessary knowledge independently before class, and during class instructors guide students to actively and interactively clarify and apply that knowledge.
Hybrid-Flexible (Hy-Flex) Classroom
At Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC), Hybrid-Flexible (Hy-Flex) courses require both face-to-face and virtual (synchronous or asynchronous) learning. This might mean only a few face-to-face sessions are required, or the course may require weekly on-campus meetings. Likewise, Hy-Flex courses may only include a few online requirements, or most activities may occur online. The balance is set by the instructor through the Syllabus and Course Calendar, but students can expect to both visit the physical campus and learn virtually. Online activities, assignments, and resources are offered through eClass (Moodle), the college’s learning management system and/or virtually through Zoom.
Zoom allows instructors to hold synchronous (live) meetings and/or record lectures in eClass. Instructors can screenshare slideshows, use a whiteboard, create polls, and even put students into breakout rooms for group discussions. Unlike Poodll, Zoom can be used to record longer lectures or recordings.
- Adding Zoom to Your eClass Course (Video, 2 minutes)
- Scheduling Zoom Meeting Sessions in eClass (Video, 2 minutes)
- Starting and Ending a Zoom Meeting From Your Browser (Video, 1 minute)
Full Zoom Training Playlist (Video Playlist, times vary)
- Hybrid-Flexible Course Design, Brian Beatty, ebook, 2019
- “COVID-19 Planning for Fall 2020: A Closer Look at Hybrid-Flexible Course Design,” Kevin Kelly, blog post on Phil on Ed Tech, May 2020
- “Considering Hybrid (Flexible) Models,” Mindwires podcast, 2020
- “Hyflex Learning,” Teaching in Higher Ed podcast, May 2020
- Discussion About Hy-Flex, POD Network Listserv, 2020
- 7 Things You Should Know About HyFlex, primer from Educause, 2010
- “Introducing a New(-ish) Learning Mode: Blendflex/Hyflex,” Inside Higher Ed article, 2018
- SAMPLE Flexible Physical Classroom Arrangement
Articles, Videos and Other Tools
*Both can be achieved with Zoom