What is a hybrid course?

A hybrid course includes both regularly scheduled on-site classroom meetings and significant online, out-of-classroom components that replace regularly scheduled class meeting time. A substantial portion of the course learning activities are delivered online; face-to­ face meeting time is generally reduced by approximately 50% compared to a traditional on-campus course.

What is the Hybrid Initiative?

OSU established the Hybrid Initiative in 2011 to pilot the redesign of on-campus courses for hybrid delivery. Through this initiative, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides instructional design services, funding and facilitation of 10-week faculty learning communities annually in the formal Hybrid Course Development Program. OSU Academic Affairs, Ecampus and Academic Technology support these efforts.

Is assistance offered to faculty who are not funded through the Hybrid Course Development Program?

Yes, the CTL assists all OSU faculty with design, development and delivery of on-campus hybrid courses through one-on-one consultation as well as through workshops, webinars and the resources on this website. Workshops and informal study groups can be tailored to the particular needs of academic units.

How are hybrid courses designated in the OSU Schedule of Classes?

In the course type column, hybrid courses are listed as “Hybrid.” The day/time/date column lists the actual face-to-face meeting hours of the course. The comments column briefly describes the hybrid nature of the course, for instance by saying, “In addition to classroom meetings, this hybrid section includes significant online components that reduce classroom meeting time.”

Are hybrid courses considered Ecampus courses?

The hybrid courses redesigned through the Hybrid Course Development Program are considered on-campus courses, not Ecampus courses. Tuition for these hybrid courses is the same as for other on-campus courses.

Who can teach a hybrid course?

All OSU faculty members are eligible to teach hybrid courses with the approval of their academic units. Faculty who are considering a hybrid approach to instruction are encouraged to consult with CTL for assistance with course planning and design.