Hybrid & Online Learning at UC Davis: Definitions, Initiatives, and Courses

UC Davis is dedicated to offering our students the best possible learning experiences, and, at Academic Technology Services, that involves helping faculty effectively incorporate educational technology into their classrooms. Increasingly, our mission also involves promoting high-quality hybrid and online learning.

This resource:

(a) defines what we mean by “hybrid” and “online” learning,

(b) describes the initiatives we offer to support hybrid and online teaching and learning at UC Davis, and

(c) lists the hybrid and online courses being offered at UC Davis.

A. Definitions

It can be confusing to determine what constitutes a “online” course versus a “hybrid” or “blended” or “face-to-face” course because courses vary in “how much” of the learning takes place online.

At UC Davis, we define face-to-face courses as those in which instruction and learning activities occur in a physical classroom setting. Blended courses similarly occur in a physical classroom, but the instructional and learning activities feature integrated technological components.

A hybrid course is one where a portion of face-to-face instruction and learning activities is replaced by web-based online learning and activities. Typically, between 25-75% of course activities occur online.  For example, students might come to class for two hours per week instead of four – the other two hours are “made up” with online activities, which can be synchronous or asynchronous.

Finally, an online course is one in which all instruction and learning activities occur online; those activities can be either synchronous or asynchronous, and often is a combination of the two.

B. Initiatives & Programs to Support Hybrid & Online Teaching and Learning

Academic Technology Services (ATS) and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) support a variety of initiatives and programs to help faculty engage in and enhance hybrid and online teaching and learning. If you know of additional programs or initiatives (perhaps specific to your department), please let us know!

  • Provost Hybrid Course Award (PHCA): The UC Davis Provost Hybrid Course Award provides resources for faculty members to create hybrid courses; recipients receive funding and have the opportunity to participate in a design workshop. Applications are due each fall.
  • Designing Hybrid Courses Workshop: The Designing Hybrid Courses workshop is a series of 8 hybrid workshops (some face-to-face sessions, some Adobe Connect sessions) currently offered every Winter to 20-25 faculty. PHCA recipients are required to take it as part of their award, but it is also opened to other interested faculty. It is co-taught by a CETL faculty developer (currently Cara Harwood) and ATS instructional designer (currently Dan Comins).
  • Hybrid & Online Learning Showcase: Each October, this showcase celebrates work of innovative faculty who have designed or taught online and hybrid courses (primarily pulled from PHCA efforts). The showcase also provides a venue for interested members of the campus community to see recent developments in hybrid and online learning and discuss the future of online learning at UC Davis. For more information, contact Dan Comins or Cara Harwood.
  • Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education (DOLCE): This group of faculty and staff meet on the first Friday of every month at 12pm in 1310 Surge III to discuss online learning and collaborative education. At least one faculty member presents on an innovative teaching method, and Academic Technology Services staff answer questions, including those about SmartSite. If you miss a meeting, you’ll find the minutes and video recordings of each meeting here.
  • Future of Learning in Practice (FLIP) Workshops: This workshop series dedicated to exploring online tools and instructional technology used to enhance learning in blended, hybrid, and online courses. Led by instructional designer Dan Comins, FLIP meets on the second Friday of every month at 12pm.
  • Faculty Panels: These informal discussions about teaching with technology are focused on a specific tool or teaching strategy (e.g., YouTube, electronic textbooks, MOOCs) and are led by a few faculty members who have particular experience with the topic. We meet at 12pm in 1310 Surge III on the third Friday of each month during the quarter. Facilitated by Andy Jones, Mary Stewart

C. Hybrid & Online Courses at UC Davis

Below, you’ll find a list of the hybrid and online courses being offered around campus. If you are designing, teaching, or participating in a hybrid or online course that is not on our list, please let us know! The more accurate our list, the more able we are to help faculty connect and learn from each other’s experiences.

Hybrid Courses

Course Title Offered Instructor(s)
SPA 2 Y: Elementary Spanish Fall 2013 Robert Blake
SPA 3 Y: Elementary Spanish Winter 2014 Robert Blake
SPA 21 Y: Intermediate Spanish Winter 2014 Robert Blake, Travis Bradley
SPA 22 Y: Intermediate Spanish Planned: Spring 2014 Robert Blake, Travis Bradley
UWP 1 Y: Expository writing Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014
Planned: Summer 2014
Mary Stewart, Jenae Cohn, Carl Whithaus, Kim Swanberg, Mellissa Wills, Aaron Lanser, Tara Porter
PSC 100 Y: Intro to Cognitive Psychology Winter 2014 Steve Luck
BIT 001Y: Intro to Biotechnology Spring 2014 John Yoder
BIM 110A Y: Biomedical Engineering Senior Design Project A Winter 2014 Angie Louie
BIM 110B Y: Biomedical Engineering Senior Design Project B Spring 2014 Angie Louie
BIM 110C Y: Biomedical Engineering Senior Design Project C Planned: Fall 2014 Angie Louie
MCB 110 Y: iBioseminars Spring 2013 Jon Scholey
PMI 129 Y: One Health: Human, Animal, & Environment Interfaces Spring 2013 Woutrina Miller
LIN 001 Y: Introduction to Linguistics Winter 2014 Patrick Farrell
ENG 45 Y: Properties of Materials Summer 2013 Jim Shackelford
ANT 001 Y: Introduction to Anthropology Winter 2014 Tim Weaver, Andy Marshall
VMB 101 Y: Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology Spring 2014 Birgit Puschner 

 

Online Courses

Course Title Offered Instructor(s)
AHI 1 D V: Arts of Asia Fall 2013 Katharine Burnett
UWP 1 V: Expository writing Winter 2014, Spring 2014
Planned: Summer 2014
Mary Stewart, Aaron Lanser, Tara Porter, Kim Swanberg
SAS 25 V: Global Climate Change: Convergence of Disciplines Winter 2013, 2014; Spring 2013, Spring 2014
Arnold Bloom
SPA 2 V: Elementary Spanish Fall 2013 Robert Blake
SPA 3 V: Elementary Spanish Winter 2014 Robert Blake
SPA 21 V: Intermediate Spanish Planned: next year Robert Blake
SPA 22 V: Intermediate Spanish Planned: next year Robert Blake
SAS 7 V: War & Terrorism Spring 2013, Spring 2014
James Carey
BIS 010V/NEM010V: General Biology Spring 2014
B. Westerdahl