Definition of Hybrid Courses
Effective Winter Quarter 2007
Adopted by Instruction Cabinet, April 17, 2006
This document is intended to clarify, for the purposes of quarterly
schedule development, the definition of a hybrid course and to
distinguish the characteristics of a hybrid course from those of an
on-line or web-enhanced course. While departments may offer other
courses that mix face-to-face instruction with other modes, only courses
that meet the definition below may be designated as hybrids in the
quarterly schedule and promoted as part of the college’s hybrid
programming (see note).
Definition of a Hybrid Course
A hybrid course is defined as one for which regularly scheduled
classroom time is replaced consistently throughout the quarter by
required activities completed at distance and managed online. The
following parameters further define the hybrid course:
- The face-to face component must be between 40% and 60% of the
total course hours. For example, a course may meet 50% face-to-face
and 50% on-line. The rationale for this requirement is as follows:
- A standard ratio provides predictability for students and
for the course scheduling process.
- This ratio is in line with the community standard. Virtually
all of the community colleges which offer hybrid courses define
them as 49% on-line and 51% face-to-face, or visa versa.
- There needs to be an upper and a lower limit set on the
ratio so as to define a hybrid course separately from a
web-enhanced course or an online course.
- The ratio of face-to-face versus on-line time for each course
offering must be established beforehand and cannot be altered during
the quarter. Further, both face-to-face and on-line times must be
scheduled at regularly spaced intervals throughout the quarter. For
example, it is not acceptable to meet for the first half of the
quarter face-to-face and then finish the quarter on-line.
Face-to-face meetings should occur at least every other week. A
course schedule clearly outlining the meeting dates of the course
shall be provided in the quarterly schedule. The course schedule
should also note that the course is hybrid and that it is delivered
- The online portion of the class should utilize a course
management system or equivalent technology.
To accommodate variations in course content and delivery modes,
exceptions can be made to the above guidelines. However, to ensure
predictability for students, these exceptions will require approval of
the vice president for academic affairs. Requests should briefly state a
rationale and should be copied to the division chair.
Department coordinators are responsible for scheduling hybrid courses
and ensuring that they are properly designated in the quarterly
Division chairs must be notified of courses scheduled as hybrid each
See the details of the scheduling process
for more information.
Hybrid courses incur the standard Technology Fee.
* Any course that replaces face-to-face class
time with an online (or other) component must so indicate in the
quarterly schedule. Department coordinators and division chairs must be
notified of such scheduling variations.
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