Language departments at the U of M and around the country are in a transition towards new models of teaching and learning. Assisting in the transition to hybrid course models, the CLA Language Center:
- Consults with individual faculty members or departments regarding course development and teacher preparation
- Hosts discussion and workgroups for those developing or teaching hybrid language courses
- Offers professional development workshops and seminars for instructors teaching hybrid courses
- Works with CLA’s Committee for Second Language Education (ComSLE) to address issues of student academic advising and scheduling
- Supports data collection and research related to student attitudes and learning outcomes in hybrid courses
Our work in the area of hybrid language courses overlaps with and supports our other initiatives in the CLA Language Center. Some models of Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) may include hybrid components, CIC Courseshare is dependent upon online collaboration across time and distance, and new and better methods of assessment are needed to support student learning in the online environment and to determine the effectiveness of our teaching methods.
In addition, the Language Center serves as a liaison to eLearning initiatives at the College and institutional level, such as the U of M Office for eLearning, the Academic Technology Tools Community of Practice, the eLearning Community of Practice, and CLA-OIT, and keeps abreast of national and international developments in the field of online language learning.
What is Hybrid?
Hybrid language courses blend traditional face-to-face instruction with online learning. While there is no one model of how class time is divided between the classroom and online interaction, most people agree that online learning accounts for 30%-70% of a hybrid course. For example, a 5-credit course may meet 3 class hours per week in the classroom along with 2 class hours devoted to asynchronous online activities, discussions and projects.
Why Hybrid Language Courses?
Some of the most compelling reasons for offering hybrid courses include:
- They support differentiated learning
- They can target the practice of particular skills such as writing and listening
- They facilitate online collaboration with native-speakers in the target culture
- They offer flexibility in scheduling
- They develop skills for life-long learning
For more information or assistance with hybrid language courses, please contact the Language Center.