Faculty Meet Blended. The New Hybrid.

Posted on March 12, 2013 by

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Students in academia haven’t always known what to do with the term hybrid. They may show up online but might not know when or where to show up for the campus based portion of the class they registered for. They might think of a fuel efficient car. To that end, the Office of Distance Education has created new definitions and registration identifiers for the elearning modalities (e.g. Online, Blended, and Web-Enhanced) that are currently employed at Colorado Mesa University.  This will help ensure proper scheduling designation and consistency for students, faculty, and staff.  We encourage you to use these definitions in your syllabi and course sites (See definitions below).

In addition to the new definitions below, the following verbiage will be located on key documents and systems for students to understand that there may be use of technology in their classes even when they don’t register for an online or blended class.

“Colorado Mesa University strives to ensure you have the most relevant education possible.  To that end, many of the campus-based courses may include the use of technology and the internet to complete homework and/or assessments. It will be your responsibility to gain internet access when necessary. You will also still be required to attend all classes in the room designated on your schedule except when you are taking an online class (which will have the designation WEB).”

Online classes:

–  utilize a course management system or equivalent technology approved for use with student records.

–  allow students to complete course requirements without coming to campus or other pre-determined location.*

–  require no fixed schedule. Deadlines must be completed as assigned.

–  allow students to complete their tests/assessments online or in a suitable proctored environment.**

–  require students to have good computer and time management skills in order to be successful.

*Visits to particular sites, for internships, service learning, interviews, field research, or other required curricular activity may be required, but the location and scheduling of these activities is flexible.

** Proctored testing may be required in some online and hybrid classes, particularly math courses. A “suitable proctored environment” is an environment directly monitored by an instructor, testing center administrator, or other learning provider, in a physical or virtual setting, and approved by faculty. While the proctors must be approved by the instructor, some suitable proctors may include accredited college or university testing centers, public libraries, and military education centers. If the testing center requires a fee, it is the student’s responsibility to pay.

Hybrid (Blended) Classes:

– use BOTH face-to-face and online instructional modes in each class.

– require students to meet with the instructor face-to-face for 25%-75% of the course contact hours.

– utilize a course management system or equivalent technology approved for use with student records.

– schedule both face-to-face (synchronous) and online (asynchronous) times at regularly spaced intervals throughout the semester.

– require students to have good computer and time management skills in order to be successful.

– require students to complete their assessments per test/quiz as designated by their instructor.

Web-Enhanced Classes:

– utilize a course management system or equivalent technology approved for use with student records   to post grades, syllabus, course outlines, readings, and other instructional content.

– require students to meet for their scheduled face-to-face (synchronous) class

– may require students to complete their homework and/or assessments per test/quiz as designated by their instructor.

– requires students to have good computer skills.

 

Let us know how you think this might help your students.

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