Apply now for Hybrid Academy in May

Different book mediums

Are you planning to start teaching a hybrid course within the next year? If so, the upcoming Hybrid Academy is for you.

The Online Learning group at UTSA is seeking applicants for this year’s Academy, which is set for May 14-19. To ensure that you receive personal mentoring, the academy will be limited to a select group of 12 participants.

In its fifth year, the Hybrid Academy is recommended for faculty who will begin teaching hybrid courses in the 2014-15 academic year.

“Producing and teaching an effective hybrid course requires a major rethinking of the role of the instructor, instructional delivery, and of learning assessment,” said Michael Anderson, director of online learning in the Office of Information Technology. Hybrid courses, or blended learning, combine face-to-face interaction such as in-class discussion, active group work, and live lectures with online technologies such as discussion boards, interactive formative assessments in a seamless way to enable student learning.

The workshop will model an ideal hybrid courses, and will be taught face-to-face during the mornings and online during the afternoons and evenings. The course will offer interactive sessions from UTSA as well as external experts.

In addition to four hours in the classroom (in the new Faculty Center Digital Studio, JPL 4.04.12D) each day, the Hybrid Academy may require up to four hours each day for readings, course redesign activities, assignments and active participation in the online portion of the course. Faculty members will be awarded certificates upon successful completion of the course.

The Academy, Anderson explained, is not simply a series of technology workshops. “It is a carefully planned curriculum designed to prepare university instructors for an effective first experience in the implementation of a hybrid course.”

A graduate of the Hybrid Academy will leave with:
• a course that has been rethought, redesigned and revamped to take advantage of online technologies.
• a course that interweaves online and classroom components for sound pedagogy.
• skills needed to develop and manage a hybrid course effectively.
• a clear perspective on what the hybrid course experience means for students.
• practice as both a student and an instructor in a hybrid course.

See what previous academy participants have to say about the academy. To apply, visit the Hybrid Academy webpage.

March 12, 2014