Hybrid-Blended Courses

Hybrid-Blended Courses

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)

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Easier for instructors to know their students
  • A wider range of learning opportunities to make the best use of each modality
  • More opportunities to document student learning
  • Student authentication easier to establish — instructors have the chance to interact with students both face-to-face and online
  • Technological problems handled in both the face-to-face and online environments
  • Less convenient for out-of-state students
  • Decreased face-to-face class meetings might be mistaken for a lessened course workload
  • Continued use of on-campus physical resources (classroom space, office hours, lab time)

Source: Faculty Reference Manual for Online and Distance Education


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.

Using 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.

Full Zoom Training Playlist (Video Playlist, times vary)

Hybrid Teaching: Discipline-Specific Resources

Low Stakes Assessment Strategies (any discipline)

Teaching and Active Learning Strategies – Nursing

Open Educational Resources – Nursing 

Simulation & Lab Resources – Natural Sciences & Math

Teaching Resources: Science Math & STEM

Teaching Strategies (any discipline)

Teaching Resources by Discipline (Credit: Alexandra Pickett, SUNY Online)

Other Useful Tools for Hybrid Instructors


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.