Enrolling in a Hybrid Course
Any enrolled student may take a hybrid course through the UW Bothell. Usually, on the time schedule, hybrid classes will be pointed out within the description of the course.
Because hybrid learning is such a new concept, there is not one clear definition for it. However, the general consensus of hybrid learning is that the students spend (more or less) half of the time doing class work online, and the other half face-to-face in the classroom. Because the allocation of time for coursework in person and online depends on the course and the instructor, your professor for the hybrid course will let you know how time will be divided.
Student Benefits of a Hybrid Course
There are many reasons why students may want to take hybrid courses. Hybrid courses offer flexible scheduling for time spent on course work; however, while hybrid course work time is "flexible," it is not reduced and can even require more time from students than a traditional, face-to-face class. Students may wish to take hybrid classes if they:
- Often work during traditional face-to-face class hours
- Have family committments that require them to be at home more
- Wish to experience an online class, but don't want to lose the face-to-face aspect of a course
- Feel more comfortable participating (asking questions, giving responses) in an online setting
Student Skills & Tools Required
In order to succeed in a hybrid course, the student must have basic computer and Internet skills. Specifically, the student should be familiar with Blackboard, UW Bothell's course management system for online course information and activities.
Although taking a hybrid class provides for a bit more flexibility in one's schedule, the amount of work required for any given hybrid class is as much (if not more) than a traditional class. Hybrid courses often require students to take more initiative in their own learning. Students who are very self-motivated and organized would be ideal candidates for a hybrid course.