On this page, you'll find the basics on teaching hybrid classes at JMU.
Hybrid courses combine traditional classroom activities with other learning activities, such as online instruction or experiential learning. In hybrid courses (also called blended courses), "not only is face time replaced to varying degrees by online learning, but also by experiential learning that takes place in the community or within an organization with or without the presence of a teacher; and as a pedagogy that places the primary responsibility of learning on the learner, with the teacher’s primary role being to create opportunities and environments that foster independent and collaborative student learning" (Caulfield, How to Design and Teach a Hybrid Course [available as an e-book from JMU Libraries], Stylus, 2011).
JMU defines hybrid courses as such: "During formal instruction, the instructor and learner occupy the same physical space less than 50% of the time. There would be limited WebEx of any of the instruction – rather, the course delivery would be a combination of live interactions between and faculty and students and other delivery modes of material" (from the June 18, 2020 Request to Teach Remotely form). These hybrid classes can be taught with a variety of pedagogical approaches supported by technologies. See sample MyMadison class descriptions for hybrid courses below.
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Below are four sample statements that can be used for a hybrid class entry in MyMadison Class Notes and/or Class Description. The purpose of these samples is to help students understand how a hybrid class will be taught in Fall 2020, as defined by JMU Academic Affairs:
Note: These sample statements were collaboratively provided by faculty from JMU Libraries, the Center for Faculty Innovation, the College of Education, the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Health and Behavioral Studies, the School of Communication Studies, the School of Integrated Sciences, and the School of Art, Design, and Art History, and based on resources such as Hybrid and Online Learning from the Center for Teaching Innovation at Cornell University and Active Learning in Hybrid and Physically Distanced Classrooms from the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University.
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