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Revised July 2014

Backward Planning

image demonstrating backward planning for Hybrid Courses

Questions to Assist Planning

  1. What must students demonstrate they know by the end of the course?
    • Prioritize the most important content to be learned
    • Consider which aspects of the material are typically most difficult for students
  2. What learning activities will help students achieve the learning objectives?
    • Use active learning in both F2F and online modes
    • Variety along with stability
  3. How will the F2F and out-of-class components be integrated into a single course?
    • Create connection between F2F and online modes
    • Seek authentic connections between modes to create a sense of flow throughout the course
  4. What characteristics must be considered?
    • Class size
    • Discipline
    • Number of F2F meetings
    • Length of F2F meetings
  5. How will you divide the F2F and out-of-class time and how will you schedule F2F in relation to out-of-class?
    • Determine order and time aspects of materials and activities in both modes
    • Consider the options for F2F meetings (more frequent, less frequent, etc.)
  6. How will you avoid the course and a half syndrome in your design?
    • Less can be more
    • Gauge the necessity of helpful materials or interesting extras
  7. How will you communicate what will happen in F2F and out-of-class times, including how work in both of these environments will be evaluated?
    • Should be easy, consistent, and organized from the start
    • Work toward clarity and conciseness
    • Define responsibilities of everyone involved early in the course
  8. How will you develop social presence in your hybrid course?
    • Affects both F2F and online modes
    • Important for both students and instructors

page last updated 12/11/2014 4:36 PM