A hybrid ("blended") course integrates regularly scheduled on-site classroom meetings with 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 30 to 70% compared to a traditional on-campus course.
More than 380 OSU courses officially carry the hybrid schedule type. Hybrid courses are offered by 11 OSU colleges and range from 360-student intro-level courses to graduate courses. The number of Corvallis campus hybrid course sections grew 36% to 154 sections during the 2016-17 academic year. Since 2012 when OSU formally created the hybrid course type, 150 instructors have taught Corvallis hybrid courses with combined enrollments of more than 25,000 students.
OSU established the Hybrid Initiative in 2011 to facilitate faculty development and guide the redesign of on-campus courses for successful hybrid delivery. Through this initiative, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) assists all OSU faculty with design, development and delivery of on-campus hybrid courses. The CTL, in collaboration with Academic Technology and Ecampus, offers workshops, webinars, one-on-one and academic unit consultations, hybrid faculty showcases, informal hybrid study groups and formal Hybrid Faculty Learning Communities.
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.”
Hybrid courses offered on the Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses are considered on-campus courses, rather than Ecampus courses. Tuition for these hybrid courses is the same as for other on-campus courses. Ecampus does offer graduate hybrid programs in Business and Education that meet at other sites.
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 the CTL for assistance with course planning and design.
Twice yearly, the CTL issues a call for proposals for participation in a 10-week Hybrid Faculty Learning Community. Instructors selected for participation receive professional development funding and instructional design support to take part in a learning community offered in a hybrid format and to redesign a traditional on-campus course as a reduced-seat-time hybrid course.