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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.  

Are you ready to teach Hybrid Face-to-Face?

Make sure you can check off each item in the list below before your first class.

  • Bandwidth: Originate from a location with strong network bandwidth for all Zoom sessions. During classtime, this will be from a USU classroom, unless otherwise arranged for health or other reasons. An office on a USU campus is the next best origination location in terms of bandwidth.
  • Equipment: Ensure you have appropriate and functioning computer, microphone, and camera equipment.  See all technology requirements for Zoom, including equipment and bandwidth recommendations.
  • Familiarity with Zoom: Make sure you know all about how to get started and host in a meeting in Zoom, including how to share your screen, enable your camera and microphone, and start/stop/share recordings (see the left-hand navigation for tutorials or visit the Zoom Help Center on audio/video sharing. Complete a test run from your origination location (the classroom or office you will be teaching from). Be sure you are comfortable with the equipment you will be using and have the Zoom desktop app installed on the computer. See the tutorial on getting started in your classroom for help. Get help from the Classroom or CIDI team if you are uncertain how to operate the equipment and software you will be using.
  • Familiarity with Classroom: Familiarize yourself with the classroom quick start checklist. This takes into account the university's Fall 2020  classroom safety protocols and teaching lab protocols. Identify your classroom's available technology resources and social distancing caps at the Classroom Information Page. If possible, visit your classroom in person and get familiar with the technology and room setup. 
  • Instructional plan: Develop an instructional plan based on best practices for web broadcast delivery and the guiding principles listed below. Include strategies for engaging with your students, no matter the class size.
  • Schedule: Create a schedue to indicate which students will be meeting in person on which days.
  • Prepared students: Communicate with your students about how and when they will attend in-person and when they will attend remotely, what the safety guidelines will be, and what to come prepared with. 
  • Preparation for a quick pivot to remote teaching: Have a contingency plan for sharing your lectures and other content and activities entirely via web broadcast and online methods if needed. The guidelines for teaching a web broadcast class are the most applicable to this situation. The competencies for the web-broadcast format are also needed for the hybrid face-to-face format, so transitioning should be a fairly smooth process. Planning and clear communication with students will be the most important factor in such a transition. 

Guiding Principles

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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Equity
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 

Student Expectations:

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.

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