Developing Hybrid Courses
Hybrid courses are classes that are taught using a combination of face to face teaching and the Internet with a split between content, activities, and interactions occurring online and those occurring in the classroom. Faculty can teach the hybrid course from any computer that has an Internet connection and browser (e.g., Internet Explorer), but will also need to be able to lead face-to-face class meetings at specified times. Kellogg Community College’s Online Course Development Committee (OCDC) provides support, standards, and guidance for KCC’s hybrid instruction initiative. KCC has adopted a course management software program known as Moodle to deliver online and hybrid instruction. The web address for KCC’s Moodle site is http://moodle.kellogg.edu. To learn more about Moodle or to request a Moodle course, please visit the Moodle technology support web page. The Course Tech site for students provides additional information regarding current course offerings, technical assistance, support service information, and an orientation to hybrid learning for students new to distance learning.
Becoming a hybrid-course instructor
KCC faculty who are interested in teaching hybrid courses have a number of options for obtaining formal education in teaching online. The following programs are delivered via the Internet and some have a tuition or fee associated with them.
KCC Online Teaching and Learning Course
Kellogg Community College offers a four-week course in Online Teaching and Learning. It focuses on the issues and optimal strategies for delivering online courses. Successful completion of this course is required before anyone is allowed to teach a KCC Online Course. This is a teacher-led course offered online each Fall and Spring semester. It is also offered in the Summer, if demand allows. The link above takes you to the Learning Technologies Training Registration page. To enroll in the workshop, click the appropriate box. This course is available to KCC employees only and is free.
This six week online course is designed to provide participants with the experience of being an online student while introducing them to the pedagogical and technical issues of online teaching. While participants may want to adapt their teaching materials and methods to a completely online delivery, this course is also suitable for those wishing to move only parts of their courses online (e.g. hybrid). Course instruction is based on the quality principles/standards identified in the MCCAVLC Online Course Development Guidelines/Rubric. This course is provided to faculty at ETOM member institutions. It is also available to others on a space-available basis at a higher fee.
Developing a hybrid course
KCC instructors (faculty and adjunct faculty) who are interested in developing online courses should do the following:
- read the hybrid/online course development process,
- fill out the Application Form for Development of a Hybrid Course
- read the hybrid/online course standards for best practice recommendations,
- seek recommendation from the department chair/director and academic dean, and
- submit application to the Online Course Development Committee (OCDC).
After OCDC review, the application will be sent to Academic Cabinet for development approval. Once a course has been approved for development, the Director of Learning Technologies and the Online Course Development Committee will monitor the progress of course development.
Online Course Development Committee (OCDC)
The charge of the Online Course Development Committee involves:
- Recommend to the Academic Cabinet whether or not a course should be developed as an online course.
- Be responsible for the establishment and improvement of procedures associated with the course proposal and recommendation process.
- Recommend to the Academic Cabinet the level of faculty stipend to be paid for each approved course. Compensation recommendations of the Online Course Development Committee will conform to requirements of the agreement between Kellogg Community College and the Kellogg Faculty Association.
- Determine when the online course is:
- Ready to be offered online.
- Be responsible for the establishment and improvement of processes associated with the online course development process.