Online/Hybrid Teaching

An Online/Distance course is a course in which all or nearly all of the organized instruction is conducted online or by distance learning methodologies. A Combined/Hybrid course is a course in which online (or other distance) instruction is combined with face to face instruction, where a substantial portion of the face to face instruction is replaced by online instruction.

Hybrid Instruction refers to the blending of classroom-based instruction with instruction via other media. In today's world that media is general understood to be the Web. However, hybrid has been taking place for centuries with books, videos and print material being an integral part of the instruction.

Hybrid teaching allows the flexibility and efficiency of the online environment, students have access to content and assignments 24/7, students can communicate with peers and the instructor, students can navigate through the course in a more self-directed style, they can find information they need on their own time and in their own way, with the social contact, motivation, modeling and support of the traditional classroom

Advantages of Teaching in the Classroom

  • provides immediate feedback in exchanges between and among students and the instructor
  • provides nonverbal and paralinguistic information to augment communication and understanding
  • allows the instructor greater control over the pace of information exchange and other interaction dynamics
  • allows for quick changes in the focus of the discussion
  • responses to one person's questions can be heard by all at the same time
  • characteristics of individuals in the class (e.g., personality, communication style, values, mood) are more apparent to others in the class during interaction

Advantages of Teaching Online

  • offers convenience to students regarding class attendance
  • provides convenience to students regarding class notes
  • creates a record of online interaction and documents varying degrees of class participation
  • may encourage more reticent students to participate in class discussion
  • allows students and the instructor to introduce electronic documents and provide links to Internet resources for everyone to examine and discuss
  • requires at least a minimum level of involvement from all students who log on
  • presents a high-technology image regarding instructor competence and university resources
  • permits students to edit and submit fairly coherent questions and comments
  • information and comments posted by students and the instructor can be viewed (“heard”) by everyone in the class
  • can help to quickly establish a positive, professional teacher-student relationship

General Resources

The Hybrid Online Model

Best Practices for Online Teaching

Millikin University Hybrid/Online Teaching: A Guidebook