When you look at your course options on navigator, you may notice that there are some classes marked “hybrid” available to you. Hybrid courses are classes that feature work in the classroom and online, a combination of an online and in class course. These usually meet once a week for an hour and a half instead of twice a week the way normal classes do, but are different from the three hour classes that meet once a week and have a regular homework load. Hybrid courses have a number of pros and cons, and since I’m taking one this semester, I’ll let you know about some of them.
Hybrid courses can be great for students with a busy schedule, especially commuters. Having an extra space in your schedule once a week can be a great time to work, hang out with friends or just catch up on sleep. In addition many students do a lot of work online anyway so a hybrid course shouldn’t be too hard to adapt to. On the other hand, having a class that meets once a week means extra work outside of the classroom. This could mean anything from online class discussions, to weekly activities or questions from your textbook or online quizzes. Since you are working more independently from your classmates and professor, it can be easy to lose track of when these assignments are due as well as when tests and quizzes are coming up. Being organized is a must, as is checking your email and Canvas often. It can also be a little more difficult to learn challenging subjects when you are only having lectures once a week. While most professors are readily available during their office hours or via email, this just isn’t the same as a regular in class lecture. With all of these things in mind, you can decide whether or not you want to take a hybrid course next semester, but don’t worry there’s still plenty of time before fall registration begins!