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Frequently Asked Questions: Hybrid Programs

How does a hybrid class work?

You will attend class on a specific day/time on campus, and then the rest of the course work is made available online through the learning management system (LMS). 50% of the course is offered on campus, and the other 50% is completed online. All instructors require proctored exams, which will be explained by the faculty member. So, you have to become familiar with the Canvas Learning Management System. There is face-to-face meeting in hybrid classes.

While learning materials vary from class to class, you will have lecture, as well as textbooks, PowerPoint presentations, interactive lessons, and internet resources. Learning activities may include writing papers, posting comments or essays to online discussion forums, completing individual or group projects, and taking quizzes and exams. While students meet at a specific day/time, the rest of the work is done online with deadlines for homework and exams.

Students do interact with their instructor and classmates via face-to-face class time, and web discussion forums, e-mail, chat sessions, and phone calls.

Is a hybrid class the same as a self-paced/independent study class?

No, hybrid classes are NOT self-paced. You can expect due dates for homework, online class participation, and other activities which will be explained and discussed at your face-to-face class meeting.

Is taking a hybrid class easier than taking a regular class?

Yes and no. The course content of a hybrid class usually is identical to that of a regular face-to-face class. Some people think the course is even more demanding than a regular face-to-face class because you have to have good comprehension, good computer skills and self-discipline. It is best to have high-speed internet access.

What internet skills would be helpful in a hybrid class?

The most successful students tend to have the following skills:  

  • Familiarity with web browsers  

  • Familiarity with email programs and attaching documents and opening attachments  

  • Knowledge of how to make and organize electronic bookmarks

  • Familiarity with web-based interactions: email, listservs, online discussions, etc.  

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word  

  • Experience in successful internet searches using a variety of search engines  

  • A level of comfort using technology

What equipment and software do I need to be a hybrid student?

You will need:  

  • Access to a laptop computer

  • Reliable internet access  

  • Latest version of a web browser (Canvas supports the latest two versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome.)  

  • Word processing software  

  • Course-specific software as required by the instructor

  • All online and hybrid courses use Canvas as the Learning Management System.

Do I have to own a computer to enroll in a hybrid class?

All students are required to have a laptop that will be used for class work and exams. No Chromebooks, Surface Pro, Kindles, Smartphones, tablets or iPads will be permitted to be used during exams.

How much time do I have to spend in a hybrid class?

In short, you should plan to spend at least the same amount of time you would spend for a face-to-face class. Nearly all hybrid students agree that hybrid courses are neither faster nor easier.

Do I have to log in to class at a particular time?

Usually not. You will have deadlines for posting your assignments, quizzes, etc., but when you complete that work is up to you. You would be well-advised to set up a daily schedule to avoid being overburdened at the end of the week. If you have a problem, contact the instructor or use the discussion board to try to get help from other students in the class.

Where do we meet for hybrid class?

You will be given information on the time/date/location of your NEMSA site where you are to meet for the face-to-face component of the hybrid class. The rest of the class will interact through the internet and everyone will communicate with each other using email and discussion. Your instructor will make course materials and assignments available using web pages, discussion boards and announcements.

How do I turn in homework and take tests?

This varies, but you will usually get assignments by email or on the course website with instructions for turning in the work. You might be asked to email or upload your work, complete an online quiz, or participate in web-based discussions. Instructors use Canvas to manage assignments, discussions, quizzes, and grading.  

What's it like to be a hybrid student?

Hybrid classes are very different from face-to-face classes on campus. In general you can expect to:  

  • Spend 3 hours per week working on the class. For example, for a typical 3 credit  course, you will spend at least 6-9 hours per week on course reading, assignments, and communication.  Participate in online discussions or other written communication.

  • Experience an uncomfortable transition period. It can take a few weeks to learn how the course works if you do not have previous experience participating in an online class.  

  • Experience some frustration with written communication. Most people find it easier to ask questions face to face because the response is usually immediate. You can always call your instructor or make an appointment to visit in person.

What can I expect from my instructor?

You can expect your instructor to do all the things he or she would do for you in a face-to-face class.

You can expect:  

  • A syllabus and course schedule  

  • Assignments with clear instructions and timely feedback  

  • Prompt responses to questions  

  • Clear guidelines about how long it will take to get homework and quiz scores and responses to questions  

  • Netiquette and protocols to be enforced

You should not expect:  

  • 24/7 support. Honor the instructor's virtual office hours. Your instructor will not be available on the weekend.  

  • Help with prerequisite skills

What do hybrid instructors expect from students?

There typically is little difference here than in a regular face-to-face class. Instructors expect that everyone will participate in the class with courtesy and consideration for each other and for the instructor. Emails and web postings should be appropriate, relevant, and reflective of a professional demeanor. Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following: inappropriate remarks online, cyber bullying, and plagiarism.

Please refrain from:  

  • Taking others' thoughts or words without appropriate acknowledgment.  

  • Submitting work that has been written or revised in part or in whole by another person.

  • Submitting work that you have submitted for another class.

Do you have any tips for hybrid students?  

  • Schedule time to focus on the class. Don't think that you don't need to make time for class just because you're not on campus. Write session times in your calendar just as you would for an on-campus class, and make sure you have a quiet place to work.

  • Keep up with the class and make it a top priority. Often the biggest problem hybrid students face is gradually falling behind.  

  • Do assignments BEFORE the due date.  

  • Have a back-up plan in case of technical problems.  

  • Work with a small group, either in person or via phone or email.  

  • Communicate! Your instructor can't see your facial expressions or body language. You must be willing to speak up using email, discussion boards, or phone calls. Ask if you are not clear about instructions, due dates, or your progress.

Where can I get materials and books?

Information on hybrid class materials and books will be available during the information sessions.   All class materials and textbooks, unless otherwise specified, are required for the first day of class.

How do I get started?

The first step is to sign up for an information session. They are required before starting any EMT or Paramedic program. To sign up for an upcoming session, click here.

For most online and hybrid classes, you can login and view the class one to two weeks before the start of class to preview the course. You may be able to complete the Canvas Orientation Module prior to the first day of class. Additional information on Canvas will be provided once you enroll in the program. To log on, click on the Canvas link on the college's home page. You should be able to log on with the same username and password that you used to register for the class, your LOLA information. If you continue to have difficulty, email your instructor.  

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