Blended Instruction Toolkit

Welcome to the Blended Instruction Toolkit. This collection of resources addresses the spectrum of CMU courses that infuse blended and/or hybrid design. Blended instruction refers to adding any electronic component to your course – this could include anything from sending an email to “flipping" your classroom. This Toolkit aims to equip you with practical tools and ideas - whether you are seeking structural recommendations to optimize a scheduled hybrid course or simply exploring online engagement strategies for your classroom-based course.

Blended instruction applies to any course format. At CMU, our defined course formats include:

  • Face-to-face: Courses meet in a physical classroom on the main CMU campus or at another CMU center. Formalized instruction consists of a specified number of face-to-face class hours for every specified hour of course credit.
  • Hybrid: Courses meet some of the time in a physical classroom and the rest of the instruction and coursework is completed online synchronously and/or asynchronously. Dates and times for face-to-face meetings and synchronous online activities must be defined prior to the start of the course and noted in the course registration system.

  • HyFlex: is a course design and delivery model that includes in-person classroom-based instruction with synchronous (real-time) internet-based instruction and sometimes asynchronous internet-based supplementation. Precisely which and how each piece of the HyFlex model is implemented can vary considerably by discipline or course and/or the need for students to be in-person for hands-on work or use of specialized equipment.
  • Online: Courses do not include any face-to-face meetings in a physical classroom and all formalized instruction and coursework is completed online.

While course definitions provide general structural guidance, the rich diversity of blended learning pathways can be challenging to navigate. We encourage you to take a moment and examine your interests and/or course needs – and then map accordingly to the following sets of resources.

I teach exclusively in a face-to-face setting but would like to explore how to leverage online strategies/practices.

I’ve been experimenting with blended methodology in my courses but would like to do more and maximize the benefits of these methods.

I’ve been assigned a compressed (e.g., summer, six week, three weekend) hybrid course and would like to prepare for a great experience.