Blended Learning and Hybrid Course FAQs

Find answers to questions about Hybrid learning at SOU

Oregon State University defines a hybrid course as one that "includes both regularly scheduled on-site classroom meetings and significant online out-of-classroom components that replace regularly scheduled class meeting time."

In practice, face-to-face meeting time in on-campus hybrid courses is generally reduced by 30 to 70% compared to traditional on-campus lecture courses. The most typical scheduling approach for these courses is one class meeting per week, though this varies especially when a course has a lab or recitation.

The broader term "blended learning" may be applied to various teaching modalities that integrate scheduled synchronous class sections with substantial asynchronous learning activities. OSU does not formally define or designate blended courses per se.

OSU has approximately 1,000 active courses that officially carry the hybrid schedule type and 200+ hybrid course selections are offered each term. Hybrid courses range from large-enrollment general education courses to graduate courses.

In the Schedule of Classes, the schedule type of hybrid courses is Hybrid (HYB). The face-to-face meeting hours of the course are listed in the schedule. The class notes briefly describe 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 during regular daytime class hours on weekdays 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 offers hybrid degree programs and certificates at other sites such as the OSU Portland Center.

All OSU faculty members are eligible to teach hybrid courses with the approval of their academic units.