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Hybrid Course Delivery

Definitions of Course Delivery Formats
Effective Practices
Hybrid Course Redesign Workshop
More Information
Through a partnership between DoIT, the Faculty DevelopmentHybrid Course Re-Design  Workshop Center (FDC) and the Office of Summer & Winter Programs, faculty can apply for one-time course development support to redesign an existing course for either fully online or hybrid (part online, part f2f) delivery in summer or winter sessions. Training and support are provided to help faculty throughout the redesign process. Learn more about the Alternate Delivery Program (ADP) here.


The following definitions are offered as a guide for redesigning a course’s delivery format:

  • Face-to-Face: A “traditional” class that conducts all of its meetings or activities during a fixed date, time and location. The pedagogical focus is usually instructor led.
  • Web Enhanced or Online Supported: A class that makes use of the Web to enhance or supplement its face-to-face meetings. Typically Web use is asynchronous (not real-time). The pedagogical focus is still typically instructor led, but students may do more self-paced learning (e.g., use of links, PowerPoints, courseware, announcements, discussion boards, etc.).

Alternate Delivery Formats

  • Hybrid (part online, part face-to-face): A class that replaces one or more of its weekly, face-to-face sessions with online activities that may or may not occur during a fixed date or time. The pedagogical focus shifts more responsibility to students, who do work online, either in self-paced activities (e.g., use of courseware for announcements, quizzes, asynchronous discussion boards) or small groups (e.g., discussions, chats/forums, projects/assignments).
  • Online: A class that only meets online, typically in an asynchronous mode (not in real time). The pedagogical focus is more on self-paced student learning using many or all of the hybrid activities above. Since the format is totally online, the student shoulders most of the responsibility for learning, with the instructor serving more as a facilitator or guide.

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  • Blackboard Help: You can find tips, “Show & Tell” screencasts, and help sheets here.
  • Individual Consults: Following the face-to-face workshop, each participant who intends to present two learning objects in exchange for financial support is encouraged to meet with Dr. Sherri Braxton-Lieber (Director, Instructional Technology) for a one-on-one interview to better understand and support each course’s learning goals.
  • The Learning Technology Assistants: Learning Technology Assistants (LTA) program connects UMBC faculty members with trained student consultants who provide ongoing support to help develop the skills and knowledge necessary for effective use of instructional technologies.

Hybrid Community of Practice

This myUMBC Group is used for announcements and as a forum to share best practices, FYIs and hybrid-related tips.

Sloan Consortium (SLOAN-C)

Sloan-C online workshops in blended and online teaching offered as part of the Sloan-C College Pass Program. Access the College Pass Coupon Code here.  Please note that you will need to be logged in to myUMBC in order to access this page.

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HYBRID COURSE REDESIGN WORKSHOP Participants learn the principles of good course design and apply them to a traditional, face-to-face (F2F) course that could be delivered as a hybrid (part-online, part F2F) course. Using hybrid delivery to demonstrate best practices of hybrid teaching, this workshop is open to any UMBC instructor considering teaching a hybrid course in any semester. The workshop agenda is available here. Prerequisites:

  • Bring a printed copy of your current syllabus for the course you plan to redesign.
  • Read L. Dee Fink’s Integrated Course Design available at the IDEA Center at Kansas State University.

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MORE INFORMATION The following links provide additional details regarding tools and approaches to support effective and engaged course hybridization:

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CONTACT Dr. Sherri Braxton-Lieber Director, Instructional Technology 410.455.2121 | John Fritz Asst. VP, Instructional Technology & New Media 410.455.6596 |

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