Hybrid Introduction


SMC has been teaching hybrid classes for over a decade, primarily in Graduate Business and Leadership, but also an occasional undergraduate course.  As the 21st century progresses, research and experience are clarifying the advantages, disadvantages, and characteristics of hybrid and online courses.

IT Services is providing this guide as a starting point for faculty doing or contemplating such courses.  It is based on the Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education, Quality Matters, and five principles of Lasallian education articulated by Br. George Van Grieken, FSC.  The Quality Matters points are integrated into the other points, and are flagged by an asterisk: *


A few definitions (partially from draft Hybrid/Online Course Designations and Policy):


  • F2F: Face-to-face, physical presence meeting or class session.  Note that some video conference vendors call a video meeting “face-to-face,” because you can see the faces; but for our purposes it means physical presence.

  • Synchronous: Real-time, for example with a phone call or video conference.

  • Asynchronous: Sequential, for example an exchange of emails, or a thread in an online discussion forum.

  • Technology-Enhanced Course, or Flipped Classroom:​ A course that uses web-based technology to facilitate what is essentially a face-to-face course, and has the same amount of F2F classroom time. May use a course management system or web pages to post the syllabus, assignments, online content, and video lectures. Since students have already seen the lecture, class time is used for homework and discussion.  This is not considered an online or hybrid format.

  • Hybrid Course or Program: ​A course or program that blends online and face-to-face delivery. A portion of the course or program content and the instructor facilitation and student engagement is delivered online. The program or course typically has a reduced number of face-to-face meetings, and replaces some classroom time with either video conference class sessions or asynchronous text-based discussion forum.  

  • Online Course:​ A course where most or all of content, and the instructor facilitation and student engagement, is delivered online. The course typically has no face-to-face meetings, replacing all classroom time with online activities.  Synchronous classes are typically held via video conference.  Text-based discussion forums may take the place of some synchronous F2F time.  Use synchronous time, usually video or audio conferencing, plus asynchronous forums, to engage with people; use alone time to engage with content.


Bloom’s Taxonomy is a way of classifying educational learning objectives into levels of complexity and specificity.  There are several visualizations of the concept, but the pyramid is a common one.

Bloom's Taxonomy



  • Just as you would for F2F activities, be sure online course activities are tied to the course learning goals.

  • Be mindful that students will commonly use their mobile phones for accessing course content and completing course activities.  If you paste content directly to your Moodle site, chunk it into pages, ideally around 250-400 words.

  • A picture is worth a thousand words.  Find Creative Commons online images, and highlight or annotate them to make your points clearly.

How to get training and help at SMC

First and foremost, come to the EdTech Center, where you can discuss your course F2F and 1:1 with EdTech staff.  We’re open M-F 10-4, drop in any time!

The Quickstart Guides page on Moodle

The IT Services Knowledge Base

SMC Faculty Hoonuit Pathways

IT Services Video Channel

Where do I begin?

There’s a lot of material here, so here are two simple, bite-sized ways to get started:

  • Review all the topics on this page, and pick one that interests you.  Click on it and read it. In a couple of days, explore it, click some links, make some changes in your Moodle site. In a week, pick another topic that interests you, and repeat.

  • Read the intro paragraph for each of the pages.  Next day, come back and read the Pedagogy & Notes list for each page.  Next day, come back and read the implementation steps on one or two of the pages.

  • We have created a simple checklist of the first things to think about when creating an online or hybrid course.  (Requires an SMC account.) (Opens in a new tab.)