Hybrid ENGL 1101 & 1102
What is a hybrid (blended) course?
A hybrid course is one where students take in knowledge/content for the first time on their own outside of class and then come to class to work with that knowledge. This outside preparation helps them (and the professor) see what they didn’t understand and apply that new knowledge to course skills, assignments, and concepts well before it’s time for a major grade.
It’s a bit like getting the “lecture” outside of class and then doing all the activities/“homework” in class. Just as a math course has homework for working through calculations and then in class reviewing those particular problems that students need help with, ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 hybrid sections need the homework done before class meets so that during the face-to-face time, the professor can help their class work through confusing parts of the assignments.
With a hybrid class, there is a big difference between classroom and homework time: the majority of the work is done outside of the class meetings, unlike a face-to-face course. This shift in workload means that fewer classes will meet face-to-face. For instance, if you have MWF courses, usually one of those days will be designated as a digital day.
For a three-credit-hour course, in a normal 15-week semester, students are to expect two (or more) hours of out-of-class work for every credit hour; i.e., three hours in class means approximately six hours of homework. Students should plan for approximately nine (9) hours of work on this class each week during the semester. Each week, there will be a guide that outlines everything needed to be done in that week, and in what order to do the assignments.
How time is spent in a hybrid section of ENGL 1101 or 1102:
Outside of class time will be spent in a variety of ways: reading, annotating and responding to readings, interacting with peers via discussion board threads in Folio, researching, drafting, responding to peers’ drafts, revising, editing, and proofreading.
In class activities will often require group work on the tasks expected to be completed before the face-to-face session starts. Students will apply knowledge and practice to tasks contained in the homework. The professor will review work when students have questions or introduce new concepts that will be practiced in the next outside of class work.
How to decide if a hybrid course is your best choice:
- Are you good at managing time to finish assignments by deadlines, which are before the face-to-face meetings occur?
- Will you have enough time to devote to the assignments on your own, especially if you have a job or a role in a club, organization, or sports team?
- Will you be able to support your classmates by making sure that not only your work is complete and on time, but that you respond to your assigned classmate’s work within the required deadlines?
- Will you be responsible enough to attend all of the face-to-face meetings?
- Are you willing to seek help through the Writing Center, Academic Success Center, and your professor as soon as you begin to struggle with an assignment?
- Are you willing to spend time learning how to use Folio on a regular basis? Tutorials are provided so that students can review how to submit work as well as how to set up notifications.
If you can confidently say yes to all of the questions above, the hybrid would probably be a good choice. However, if you have an unpredictable work schedule or an extremely heavy course load that requires lots of outside of class work to be done, adding this kind of writing course may not be the best fit for you.
Last updated: 11/8/2019