Offering Hybrid courses taught by Hybrid trained instructors allows TCU to maintain instructional continuity and navigate situations that may call for a sudden shift in course delivery format.

For details about training requirements, see the information about:

Many instructors have already met some or all of the Hybrid certification requirements. You can check this by visiting the Ramping Up Rapidly course in the Orientations semester in TCU Online. Look in the Grades area to see your completed training requirements.

What are Hybrid Courses?

Hybrid courses have both synchronous class meetings and asynchronous learning activities in TCU Online. The synchronous class meeting component provides a key element of the course structure. While a traditional hybrid course would require a weekly synchronous meeting, the TCU Connected Campus Plan requires 80% of scheduled class meetings to occur synchronously.

Instructors teaching hybrid courses receive training on integrating the two modalities in order to deliver a cohesive, engaging course. Because the synchronous sessions are a central part of the of course design and are required for students, these courses offer students less flexibility in the timing of the learning experience.

Hybrid courses are different from fully online asynchronous courses. Instructors teaching fully online asynchronous courses at TCU have completed a robust 15-week training with emphasis on online course design, asynchronous student engagement and instructor presence, and course assessment. As part of the training, these instructors design a fully asynchronous experience with a course structure that supports maximum student flexibility in the learning experience.

The hybrid course will:

    • Meet synchronously for at least 80% of scheduled class meetings
    • Have a minimum of three different forms of assessment; use rubrics for most activities
    • Have a course schedule that runs through the full length of the Registrar’s session

Hybrid instructors will:

    • Complete the three pieces of required training (TCU Online Skills, Hybrid Design & Delivery course, and Hybrid Consultation) in order to offer hybrid courses
    • Use a TCU Online (D2L) course shell in which content and activities will be shared, assessments submitted, and grades posted
    • Structure their course shell consistent with the course structure used for distance learning courses (student introductions, instructor bio, content introduced in modules, mid-semester feedback opportunity, and at least one self-reflection activity)

Hybrid students will:

    • Attend the synchronous sessions as a required part of the class
    • Have technology that allows them to connect to TCU Online
    • Engage with other students in content-focused learning activities
    • Submit work or create a learning artifact at least every seven days during the course session