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What is a Hybrid Course?

Farmingdale State College is starting to offer Hybrid courses starting in the Spring 2010 semester. A hybrid course is a combination of an online course and a traditional face-to-face course. Students, instead of meeting in a classroom for every class will instead perform a portion of the course learning activities online using Angel. The other portion of the class meets on specified dates with the instructor for the course.

How do I know which courses are hybrid?
On the Distance Learning home page is a list of online courses and hybrid courses, online courses the location reads "ON LINE" but for hybrid courses, you will notice the section is labeled as "HYB". These courses will have the meeting time and location of the classroom where you will meet for the semester.

How will I know what to do?
The instructor for your course will provide you with information on the first day of class. It is a good idea to also log into Angel and see if the instructor has posted any material for you before your first class meeting. You will receive a letter from the department of Distance Learning concerning login instructions and additional information if needed prior to the start of classes.

Does a hybrid course have more work than a traditional course?
Since the learning activities (lectures, assignments) are conducted in the online environment, students spend the time they would have been in a classroom on learning activities. There isn't an additional workload added, just a different learning environment.

Who can I contact for questions?
If you have questions about hybrid courses and how they work, feel free to send email to Chris Weppler at chris.weppler@farmingdale.edu or call at 631-420-2632.