Hybrid FAQs

Hybrid Course FAQs

What is a hybrid course?

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.

What are the benefits of teaching my course as a hybrid?

1. Redesigning a course presents an opportunity to make the classroom more engaging by “flipping” some of the activities, e.g. to conduct discussion and other higher-order thinking activities during the face-to-face class meetings and to move knowledge transmission to the online portion of the course.

2. By using technology thoughtfully, many faculty can meet their students’ diverse skill levels and personalize students’ experiences of the class.

3. Students often learn fundamental skills that will serve them well in all of their classes as well as in their future employment: they learn how to learn independently, and this makes them more engaged in and more invested in their own learning.

Are hybrid courses all online?

No. Hybrid courses can be between 25-75% online with the remainder of the course conducted in a face-to-face classroom.

Are all hybrid courses formatted the same way?

No. At UVM, hybrid courses have various formats. Some of the formats developed though the Center for Teaching & Learning and be seen here.

Does UVM distinguish hybrid courses on Banner?

Yes. On Banner, course types are listed under Instructional Method. Instructors need to contact the Registrar’s office to let them know the format of their courses.

Will my students know that my course is a hybrid course when they're registering for it?

While the Registrar’s designation is “HYBD,” students don’t always pay attention. Therefore we recommend explaining it clearly in the course description, the syllabus, and on the first day of class.

Am I required to participate in the Hybrid Course Development Program to teach a hybrid course at UVM?

No. You are not required to participate, but faculty who do take part in the program are paired with a CTL instructional designer, receive professional development funds, and benefit from sharing ideas with other faculty in the cohort.