Here’s a very brief DIY guide to building a hybrid course. It’s intended to give you access to some of the materials we’ve developed for the Extension Hybrid Initiative, and a few descriptions of tools and techniques. It’s enough to get you going without hopefully getting you in trouble!
Building Your Course – Course Design
- Map out your course goals, objectives and outcomes. Strive to make the objectives criterion-referenced, that is, measurable.
- How do you start constructing a hybrid course? By working backwards from your course learning outcomes. Please view Learning Outcomes, a 6-minute tutorial from Ecampus.
- Learning outcomes are particularly important for students to understand the significance of online components of a hybrid course. See Objectives Builder page of the Ecampus website.
- Align learning resources, content, activities and assessments with your course learning outcomes. An effective way to work on alignment of your course elements is to fill out a Hybrid Course Planning Chart.
- Develop module-level learning objectives (for example, by the unit, the week, or the concept) to ensure that your content within each module is well aligned, and that your learners know what they are expected to learn within that module.
- What learning will occur on-line? How much time? What learning will occur on-site? How much time? Developing a Mix Map will help identify theses elements.
Using existing resources –
- Conduct Google Searches for relevant content for use online, including videos, podcasts, PDFs, animation, PowerPoint, etc.
- Investigate Open Educational Resources (OER) options (i.e.,org)
Creating your own learning objects
- Screencasts (narrated or not) [i.e., Camtasia]
- Readings (PDF)
- Other websites
BEST PRACTICE: Packaging “lectures” in 5-to-15-minute chunks–with a tightly defined focus–is a successful approach in many blended courses.
Creating your own learning modules
What is a Hybrid Learning Module?
1 – One or more measurable learning outcomes
2 – Content (subject matter/information)
3 – One or more online learning activities
4 – One or more face-to-face learning activities
5 – Clear pathways for interaction of 3 types:
- Learner with content
6 – One or more assessments to gauge achievement of learning outcomes
7 – A set of directions that the facilitator and/or the learner will use as a guide to use of the hybrid learning module
- – Overall: Strong integration of face-to-face and online learning activities
Preparing Your students for Hybrid Learning
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While these resources are targeted toward college students, many of the pointers given here have applicability to other groups of learners of all ages.