In hybrid classes, “students attend traditional in-person/face-to-face meetings, supplemented with required synchronous or asynchronous online instruction.” 

Benefits

  • Accessibility 
  • Safety
  • Cost efficiency
  • Student engagement

“Hybrid education is an additional way that instructors can ensure that students are engaged with the course content by incorporating online learning communities, synchronous and asynchronous discussion, and a variety of online collaboration methods that encourage students to interact with the course materials, their instructors, and their peers in a variety of ways.” (Linder)

  • Flexibility: It also allows the instructors to have flexible plans and multiple options for learning activities (online and face to face), even for traditional in-person classes. Having developed the online component of classes, the instructors can immediately switch to online in case of a campus or building closure; besides, sick, self-isolating students may access your course remotely.

Different versions of hybrid (or blended) classes in different colleges and schools: What Is Hybrid Learning? (psu.edu) and Hybrid Courses (cmu.edu).

Linder, Kathryn E. “Fundamentals of Hybrid Teaching and Learning.” New Directions for Teaching and Learning 2017, no. 149 (2017): 11–18. https://doi.org/10.1002/tl.20222.

Saichaie, Kem. “Blended, Flipped, and Hybrid Learning: Definitions, Developments, and Directions.” New Directions for Teaching and Learning 2020, no. 164 (2020): 95–104. https://doi.org/10.1002/tl.20428.