Hybrid Course Development Program

Hybrid Course Development Program

History of the Hybrid Program 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.

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?

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.

Program Participation

We are now recruiting applicants for the May 2019 cohort. Applications (see below) for this cohort are due Friday, April 5, 2019 by 5pm.

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. The course they wish to redesign as a hybrid should be scheduled to be taught in AY ’19 – ’20 or Fall ‘20.

Expectations and commitments of selected participations:

  • Receive approval from your Department Chair
  • Teach the hybrid course for the first time in Fall ’19, Spring ’20, Summer ’20, or Fall ‘20
  • Complete the paperwork for a course implementation grant of up to $500 to support hybrid course development and re-design
  • Participate in a full-day training (May 16, 2019)
  • Engage in a series of online self-paced modules on hybrid/flipped course design by August 2019
  • 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 as a part of a case study co-authored by CTL staff
  • Participate in evaluations for the hybrid course


Important Dates

Applications are due: 5pm, April 5, 2019
Accepted applicants notified: April 12, 2019, end of day
Full-day hybrid training: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Work one-on-one with Instructional Designer: Summer 2019
Cohort Gathering: Late August/Early September 2019 TBD

Contact Info

Jen Garrett-Ostermiller Jennifer.Garrett-Ostermiller@uvm.edu