Hybrid Course Development Program
The Hybrid Course Development Program is cancelled for 2020, however if you are interested in developing a hybrid course, you can reach out to Jen Garrett-Ostermiller (Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org) for an individual consultation.
Are you intrigued by the possibilities that arise from leveraging technology for teaching? Do you wish you had more time for active learning in your classroom? Do you appreciate the flexibility of online learning but still see benefits of meeting with your students in-person?
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The Hybrid Course Development Program is a structured experience providing faculty with group training, individualized instructional design support, and course implementation grants to design and teach a blended course.
“Hybrid course” Definition
UVM defines a hybrid course as one in which 25-75% of the class time is conducted online, with the remainder taking place face-to-face in class or in the field. Hybrid models vary depending on instructor goals, but they typically allow for more flexible scheduling for students, faculty, and classroom resources. Research demonstrates that hybrid course design can increase flexibility for students and can make class time more engaging for both faculty and students.
Some techniques employed in a hybrid classroom can also be adapted to the “flipped classroom” teaching method. A flipped classroom strategy can be employed in a fully face-to-face class, which students’ “homework” focuses on learning facts and principles, while in-class time is devoted to working problems and exploring the application of this knowledge.
Join a cohort to develop your hybrid course. The CTL will provide structure, guidance, and resources. You will have the added benefit of gathering ideas and tips from other faculty who are designing and teaching hybrid courses. Applicants should have experience using Blackboard and other instructional technology.
- Receive approval from your Department Chair
- Teach the hybrid course for the first time in the coming academic year.
- Submit a proposal for a course implementation grant of up to $500 to support hybrid course development and re-design
- Participate in a full-day training
- Engage in a series of online self-paced modules on hybrid/flipped course design over the summer
- Work with an Instructional Designer (CTL staff) to create accessible course materials (e.g. captioning of screencasts; screen-reader ready PDF; implementing UDL principles)
- Teach the hybrid course twice in 3-year period
- Share your experiences and course materials with CTL staff to be shared with other hybrid faculty
- Participate in evaluations for the hybrid course
Jen Garrett-Ostermiller Jennifer.Garrett-Ostermiller@uvm.edu (email link)
Frequently Asked Questions
History of the Hybrid Course Initiative at UVM
From 2013-2018, UVM hosted a Hybrid Course Initiative, coordinated by the Center for Teaching and Learning and supported by the Technology Innovation Fund to develop institutional capacity to deliver hybrid courses at UVM and enhance faculty knowledge and skills in designing and teaching hybrid and flipped classroom courses. Over 75 faculty participants in the program, from all of UVM’s schools and colleges, developed and taught hybrid classes.