Hybrid/Online Instruction

The Center for Teaching and Learning will work with faculty members, programs, and departments to help smooth the process of developing and deploying new online and hybrid courses. Online and hybrid instruction means that student learning and academic activities happen outside of the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom. These learning activities are usually supported through web-based technology. The activities may include things such as on-line lectures, on-line discussions, on-line tutorials and projects, posting to blogs, wikis and other social networking sites, as well as webinars, podcasts, and real time teleconferences.

The Baruch College Registrar’s Office considers a class to be online when, at most, one-third of class time is spent in a physical classroom. Students in a “fully” online class can still be required to come into school for exams, labs, etc.

A hybrid class or blended class is one in which 33 – 67% of instruction occurs online.

A class which has less than 33% online instruction is considered to be “web facilitated.”

While these are the definitions used to determine that status of the class, there are myriad models for how to make use of flexible course structures and time. Faculty members may decide to use hybridization to combine courses from different disciplines at Baruch, or to co-teach courses with faculty members from other institutions, or to free time up for students to research at sites around the city. The CTL is committed to supporting faculty members who want to explore the pedagogical possibilities opened up by moving a significant amount of instruction online, and who want to share with other members of the community the results of their experimentation.

For additional resources on hybrid instruction, see the CTL’s Resource page  and the CUNY Hybrid Initiative.

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