FIU’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT), in collaboration with FIU Online and Educational Technology Services, are supporting the Provost’s Hybrid Program. Aligning with FIU’s Next Horizon 2025 Strategic Plan student success and retention goals, this professional development program explores the potential of hybrid course design to enhance teaching and learning experiences.
In recognition of the time and effort it takes to prepare an effective hybrid course, the Office of the Provost offers a one-time incentive to instructors completing the hybrid certification requirements.
FIU's team of teaching, learning, and instructional design experts have designed comprehensive professional development programming to support faculty on the hybrid journey. In this program, typically completed the semester before the hybrid course is scheduled, faculty will work on revising or designing one course to be offered in the hybrid modality. Faculty will have the opportunity to submit elements of their course design for feedback from the hybrid team at CAT and faculty fellows. They will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other faculty across disciplines. In addition, faculty will be asked to evaluate their hybrid course using FIU’s Learning-Centered Hybrid Rubric and to submit this completed rubric to the professional development team. Please contact us if you would like to review the rubric. Applications will be prioritized based on strategic planning and professional development capacity; applications for undergraduate courses will, therefore, be given priority. Upon completing all of the requirements of this program, faculty will be designated a Certified Hybrid Instructor and thus be able to teach any course in the hybrid modality (as well as continue to teach courses in other modalities).
- The instructor is the primary instructor on record for the hybrid course.
- The course assignment as hybrid is approved by the Academic Unit/Department Chair.
- Faculty participate in all of the scheduled hybrid professional development sessions (4 half days and 1 full day) and complete all in-session and out-of-session activities.
- The instructor’s hybrid course reflects a format in which 50% of the course content and activities are conducted in-class and 50% of the course content and activities are conducted out-of-class, including online components administered through the university’s official learning management system (Canvas). *Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the definition of hybrid courses at FIU has temporarily changed. Learn more in the Hybrid FAQs, below.
- Faculty agree to allow the hybrid team to access the online portion of their course throughout the pilot semester of the course, and whenever possible, to schedule a visit to their in-class session.
- Faculty will evaluate their hybrid course using a learning-centered rubric once they have begun teaching the course.
- Faculty new to Canvas are encouraged to complete Canvas training before the first session.
Academic Unit Responsibilities
- The department chair approves the instructor’s application for the Hybrid Program.
- The academic units schedule the hybrid course’s face-to-face session at a 50% reduction in in-person time, once per week. For example, a three-credit certified hybrid course taught in a regular (16-week) session would meet once per week for 75 minutes. Review the Guidelines for Certified Hybrid Contact Hours by Semester and Number of Credits. Any deviation from this standard schedule must be approved by the Hybrid Team and meet any requirements from the Office of Class Management. *Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the definition of hybrid courses at FIU has temporarily changed. Learn more in the Hybrid FAQs, below.
- Academic units schedule the course in PantherSoft using “H” as the Instruction Mode
- The course must not be cross-listed or otherwise combined with a course offered in a non-hybrid modality (i.e. traditional face-to-face or online), a different meeting pattern, or FEEDS.
Upon completing all of the program’s requirements, which consist of completing the professional development and teaching the newly-designed hybrid course, faculty will be designated a Certified Hybrid Instructor and thus be able to teach any course in the hybrid modality (as well as continue to teach courses in other modalities). The completion of this program is accompanied by a one-time $1,500 incentive. The contract for this incentive will be created by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, funded by the Office of the Provost, and will be issued during the first semester in which the hybrid course is taught.
|When the hybrid class will be taught||Fall 2021||Spring 2022||Summer 2022|
|Final Day to Apply||February 28, 2021||August 1, 2021||November 24, 2021|
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