Hybrid Face-to-Face Delivery Mode
Hybrid face-to-face courses meet synchronously at scheduled classtimes. Some students meet in person in the classroom (adhering to classroom safety protocols and teaching lab protocols and social distancing caps) while other students participate remotely via Zoom.
Hybrid Face-to-Face will be a new experience for everybody and will require some learning and adjustment as the semester progresses. As you begin, and as you make adjustments, please keep in mind these guidng principles:
- Health and safety
Follow the classroom safety guidelines. Provide accommodations for self-isolation and have a back-up plan if you get sick or need to self-isolate.
- Equivalent Experiences
Depending on your class circumstances, the remote option might be synchronous or asynchronous and equally participated in by all students or some students for equal or varying lengths of time. Whatever the case, please strive to maintain equivalent outcomes and a similar overall quality of the experience for all students, regardless of how they participate. It is inappropriate to favor one group of students over the other or to determine that one group of students will receive a richer learning experience than the other, even if the activities each group participates in may vary slightly.
All students should have an equal opportunity to attend class in person if they are not a health risk. Seek to provide shared experiences that build a sense of community. These can include class discussions (synchronous or asynchronous), presentations, peer review, etc.
- Teacher and student readiness with technology
Get to know your classroom, Zoom, and Canvas well enough that you can connect remotely with your students and interact with them. Use technologies that your students will be able to access. Direct students to campus resources, such as the IT Service Desk, if they need help with technology options.
- Availability of teacher and resources
Provide an ongoing way for students to get help from you, the teacher. Provide remote office hours using whatever means works best. Leave time at the end of class to field questions.
- Planning and communication
Make sure students know what to expect and are given time to prepare. Plan class sessions ahead of time and include class meeting times and expectations in the syllabus or elsewhere in Canvas. Clearly communicate changes in plans as they occur.
- Student preparation
Share tips with students on how they can succeed. Encourage them to set aside a time and space for remote learning, to review materials and prepare questions, to dress for remote sessions as if they were attending in class, and to be civil and professional in chat messages.
Students are expected participate either in class or from a distance at the scheduled classtimes. When accessing the class remotely, they will provide their own computer or mobile device and network access. A web camera and microphone are highly recommended but not necessary. Students without microphones can dial into a Zoom meeting from their phones. Zoom can also be accessed entirely from a smartphone using the Zoom mobile app for iOS or Android. There are also ways to use a smart phone as a webcam.
Students attending the classroom are expected to follow the classroom safety guidelines and provide and wear their own face covering. Students who are feeling at all sick or are not willing to abide by the classroom safety guidelines should attend remotely.
For a full list of upcoming CIDI workshops on teaching in a hybrid face-to-face format, plus other topics, see the CIDI Workshop Calendar.
- Hybrid-Flexible Course Design: Implementing Student-Directed Hybrid Classes, a free e-book by Brian J. Beatty. Formats similar to Hybrid Face-to-Face have been used at other institutions for different purposes and under a variety of names--HyFlex being one of them. This free e-book provides insights into the benefits, outcomes, and considerations that come of blending teaching formats. It can be accompanied by Brian Beatty's worksheet on HyFlex course design.
- CIDI's Hybrid F2F Course Planning Documents
- Find information about your classroom.
- See ideas for student engagement
- Visit CIDI's Zoom tutorials