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Hybrid teaching

This page talks about hybrid teaching in real-time (synchronous). It highlights research-based guidelines that can help you successfully implement hybrid teaching.

Norsk versjon: Hybrid undervisning i sanntid

Hybrid teaching is when students participate in the same real-time teaching session but in different mediums – normally this means that students participate from different locations. Hybrid teaching adds several dimensions that the teacher must deal with in addition to academic, pedagogical and technical preparations. If the students themselves can choose the medium (how they want to participate), this can provide greater flexibility for some students. However hybrid teaching leads to different educational experiences for the students. It is therefore important to plan how to compensate for the activities that students who do not participate on campus together with the teacher(s) miss out on.

Variations of hybrid teaching

Hybrid teaching can occur in various combinations;

  • Multi-Campus Teaching - the teaching takes place between adapted rooms at two or more campus locations, and all students participate in campus teaching in one of the adapted teaching rooms.

Read more about multi-campus teaching.

Keywords: one mode, two or more campus locations.

  • Multimodal teaching - when groups of students participate in teaching in two or more of the following modes:
    • from adapted rooms on campuses
    • through real-time video streaming
    • by watching recordings of the teaching sessions (asynchronously)

Keywords: multi-mode, asymmetry

Planning hybrid teaching

Hybrid teaching can be demanding for both students and educators. It is therefore extra important to have a well-developed plan for practical and technical implementation. Below you will find some advice and tips that can be of great importance for the success of hybrid teaching.

Hybrid teaching design

Good hybrid teaching design is characterized by:

  • emphasis on student active learning
  • facilitating interaction and collaboration both in and outside the teaching sessions
  • varied forms of work (plenary, group, individual work)
  • joint sessions and joint digital learning arenas with the opportunity for discussion and collaboration
  • clear communication with, and clarification of, expectations to the students before, during and after planned sessions
  • adequate and equal access to teacher (s) for all students
  • correspondence between learning outcome descriptions and learning activities

Important steps in planning hybrid teaching

  • Familiarise yourself with rom and technology
  • Contact Orakel Support Services through NTNU Help to get an introduction to the technical use of the rooms, if needs be.
  • Carry out a test of room and technology together with other involved colleagues
  • Plan interaction and collaboration in the teaching sessions
  • Allow for enough pauses and breaks so that participants off campus or in other rooms can also participate fully
  • Remember that there may be some delay in audio/video transmission
  • Make sure you have someone (colleague, learning assistant, student, etc.) who can assist you with the following during the session:
    • following-up the digital chat and other online interactions
    • assisting with technical issues at each location
    • clarifying expectations and ensure adequate communication to the students

Help during a session

For help during a teaching session on campus call Orakel Support Services by phone on 735 91 500

Recording of hybrid teaching sessions

Familiarize yourself with guidelines related to video recording and privacy. Here you can read more: Privacy in online sessions (Norwegian only; English version coming)

Here you will find an overview of teaching rooms that are adapted for hybrid teaching and video recording on NTNU's campuses.

Learn more

Contact us

This guide is written by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Multimedia Center. Contact us through NTNU Help if you have questions or other feedback on the content of this page.