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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.

Program Overview

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).

Faculty Responsibilities

  • 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.

Compensation

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.

Timelines

When the hybrid class will be taughtSummer 2021Fall 2021Spring 2022Summer 2022
Final Day to ApplyNovember 15, 2020November 15, 2020August 1, 2021November 24, 2021
Professional Development Sessions
  1. January 27, 2021, 9:30am-12:00pm
  2. February 3, 2021, 9:30am-12:00pm
  3. February 10, 2021, 9:30am-12:00pm
  4. February 17, 2021, 9:30am-12:00pm
  5. May 6, 2021, 10:00am-4:00pm
  1. May 26, 2021, 9:30am-12:00pm
  2. June 2, 2021, 9:30am-12:00pm
  3. June 9, 2021, 9:30am-12:00pm
  4. June 16, 2021, 9:30am-12:00pm
  5. August 5, 2021, 10:00am-4:00pm
  1. September 8, 2021, 9:30am-12:00pm
  2. September 15 2021, 9:30am-12:00pm
  3. September 22, 2021, 9:30am-12:00pm
  4. September 29, 2021, 9:30am-12:00pm
  5. December 16, 2021, 10:00am-4:00pm
  1. January 12, 2022, 9:30am-12:00pm
  2. January 19, 2022, 9:30am-12:00pm
  3. January 26, 2022, 9:30am-12:00pm
  4. February 2, 2022, 9:30am-12:00pm
  5. May 5, 2022, 10:00am-4:00pm

Hybrid FAQ

  • What is the definition of “hybrid” at FIU?

    In keeping with the State of Florida Board of Governors’ definition of hybrid, hybrid at FIU is defined as a course that has 50% of instruction conducted out-of-class/online/otherwise and the other 50% of instruction conducted in-class, on campus. To maximize classroom space and utilization, hybrid courses must be scheduled once per week with a 50% reduction of in-class time (e.g. 3 credit courses meet once per week for 75 minutes).

    Please Note:

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has expanded the definition of hybrid courses, for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters only, to ⅓ to ⅔ in-class (on-campus) and the remainder out-of-class. Learn more at the Academic Continuity Resource page.

  • What is the Provost’s Hybrid Pilot Program?

    In an effort to promote student learning and better utilization of resources, FIU’s BeyondPossible2020 Strategic Plan aimed to offer 30% of all credit hours at the university in a hybrid format. The Provost’s Hybrid Program was developed to assist faculty with hybrid design and pedagogy. Faculty participate in an extensive professional development program, lead by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, are assigned an Instructional Designer from FIU Online, earn a one-time stipend of $1,500, and receive the designation “Certified Hybrid Instructor.”

  • What is the difference between a Certified Hybrid Course and other Hybrid Courses?

    The “certification” is meant to recognize and identify the completion of the Provost’s Hybrid Program. Certified Hybrid Courses are in compliance with the State of Florida Board of Governors’ definition of hybrid, are assigned an instructional designer, and taught by hybrid certified instructors.

     

     

  • How should Chairs, Departments, and Colleges determine which faculty should participate in the Provost’s Hybrid Program?

    Because the design of hybrid curricular materials and instructional design is particularly important to the success of the course, CAT works with department Chairs to identify courses that lend themselves to the hybrid structure. We ask that Chairs/Departments/Colleges consider faculty who may be well-suited to teaching in this format. Since the strategic plan goal is based on student credit hours, it is also important to consider which courses may have more impact, such as those with high enrollment and those that run every semester (vs. low-enrollment electives, for instance). Please also take into account the current unit schedule, noting that many faculty who apply will already be scheduled to teach a full load. Finally, we hope Chairs/Departments/Colleges consider which individual courses lend themselves to hybrid and encourage the faculty who teach those courses to complete the program.

     

  • Who schedules Certified Hybrid Courses?

    The department/unit schedulers are responsible for scheduling Certified Hybrid Courses.  Schedulers enter the "Instruction Mode" "H"  in PantherSoft for courses taught by Certified Hybrid Instructors.

    Once faculty have been approved by the Chair to participate in the Provost’s Hybrid Program, have been accepted, and have confirmed their acceptance, all chairs will receive a final notice of faculty from their unit who will be participating in the pilot so that the department scheduler may make adjustments to the course schedule and, if necessary, the schedule of the faculty. 

  • How do I know what the scheduling criteria and meeting pattern is for Certified Hybrid Courses?

    CAT works with unit schedulers to clarify which courses can be scheduled as Certified Hybrid. The scheduling parameters can be found by reviewing the Guidelines for Certified Hybrid Contact Hours by Semester and Number of Credits. Additional scheduling questions can be answered by your Program Manager at FIU Online.

  • Does scheduling a faculty for a certified hybrid course count as overload?

    No, hybrid courses scheduled as part of the Provost’s Hybrid Program are considered to be in-load and not added as a faculty overload. This is important to keep in mind when applying for or approving faculty for the Provost’s Hybrid Program since teaching a hybrid course may require adjustments to the teaching schedule.  

  • How do I know who is a Certified Hybrid Instructor?

    View the list of Certified Hybrid Instructors or contact us with any additional questions.

  • What if I have more questions?

    If you have any additional questions regarding the Provost’s Hybrid Program, please contact us.