At my college, a “hybrid” course is a course that meets less frequently and has more work done online. It’s a nice compromise for students who need some schedule flexibility and also have the resources and discipline to accomplish learning outside of the classroom.
A few of my wise faculty colleagues tried teaching hybrid courses and had trouble with them — and I learned from their “opportunities” for growth (to quote a prior dean of mine.. ).
What I learned the most is that students need predictability. It may be ideal for the instructor to have the class face to face for a few weeks, have a couple of weeks off, then have intermittent meetings to complete the work of the semester, but that isn’t what seems to work for students — they get confused about when they should come to class — and in many cases confusion doesn’t result in a quick check of the syllabus, it results in them staying home.
So — my hybrid course outline is simple — the course meets in person one day per week for most of the semester. They have only one regularly scheduled class meeting that doesn’t happen and that’s because I give them some “class” time to take their mid-term exam. Otherwise, I’ll see them on Tuesdays. period.
Because we have less time together, our interactions are more intense and focused. I like that — and students seem to respond to it as well. I don’t do anything in class that feels like a time waster to them — no activities, few small group exercises etc. Instead it’s a combination of lecture and discussion — for 75 minutes and then they’re done.
So far, I’ve really enjoyed my hybrid classes — the advantage for me is that I don’t get tired of them as quickly — and the attendance is higher, since they realize they only have one meeting with me per week.