What is a

Hybrid Class

Hybrid class is a course that combines traditional, face-to-face “seat time” with some online learning activities. The purpose of a hybrid class is to take advantage of the best features of both online and more traditional forms of learning. A hybrid class is designed to integrate online and face-to-face learning activities so that they complement, reinforce and elaborate on one another, rather than regarding the online learning activities as add-ons or as duplicates of face-to-face learning activities.

Although there are different definitions, hybrid classes generally refer to a style of teaching and learning where “seat time” is reduced, although still an important and significant element of the learning experience. Further, web-based and face-to-face components of the course are designed to interact to take advantage of the best features of each through a comprehensive pedagogy and teaching strategy.