by Kate Lyons

The Hybrid Initiative, an annual incentive-based project which began in 2007 to encourage faculty to develop and teach hybrid courses, continued in the Fall 2012 with a new cohort of participants. The mentor/mentee model of support for developers continued, though mentors were paired with two mentees rather than one (and received an increased financial incentive as a result of mentoring two participants). We also introduced “sharing teams.” Past hybrid course developers could “share” their course with other members of their departments. They agreed to mentor the new hybrid instructors and help them adapt their Blackboard sites for their own courses. We had three sharing teams for the first time this semester.

On November 30th Carlos Guevara, Kate Lyons, Jacki DiSanto, Sandy Figueroa and George Rosa presented Building a Community of Practice for Hybrid Instruction at Hostos at the 11th Annual CUNY IT Conference that took place at John Jay College. The presentation focused primarily on the different models for providing support for hybrid course developers—workshops, facilitated discussions, structuring the incentive payments and finally, the mentor/mentee relationship which has proven so successful on this campus. Conference participants were engaged in the discussion and provided great feedback.

Since the new mentor-mentee model of support for new course developers was initiated, we’ve seen 100% of faculty who begin developing a course in the hybrid initiative, complete the development and go on to teach the course. Many have continued with the hybrid initiative, either developing and teaching additional hybrid courses or acting as mentors for faculty who are new to teaching in the hybrid mode. Please contact EdTech if you are interested in more information about teaching Hybrid Courses!

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