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Guide to Hybrid Course Delivery

Whether it is due to COVID-19, other health concerns, childcare conflicts, or any of the many barriers that might prevent students from attending class in-person, you may find a need to stream your in-person class for remote students. This type of course is sometimes called a hybrid, HyFlex, concurrent, or mixed modality course. For the purposes of this guide, we are referring to this as hybrid or live streaming.

This page provides an overview of ideas and tips for designing and delivering a hybrid class. How you do this depends on several factors specific to your particular situation, including the size of your class, the nature of your planned course activities and your student situation, including how many students will be learning remotely and what their schedules are.

How To Use this Guide

Despite the variety of factors that can come into play when teaching a course with a mix of in-person and online students, there are some basic principles and considerations that can be used to approach reworking an existing course for this format. You are welcome to visit these topics in order or skip around based on your individual needs.

If you need more help after reading this guide, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning staff can help you think through the different variables as you prepare your course. Contact us for a consultation or sign up for an ongoing partnership.

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Flexible Teaching guides were developed by Duke Learning Innovation and adapted for NIU by the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning. They are shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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CITL staff are available to answer your questions about Flexible Teaching. Give us a call or text 815-753-0595 or email for assistance. You can also schedule an appointment with one of our staff.

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