Terms to Know

  • Synchronous Learning: Synchronous learning refers to types of learning in which students and the instructor are in the same place, at the same time, for learning to take place. This includes in-person classes and live online meetings when the entire class or smaller groups get together. Students usually go through a learning path together, facilitated by the instructor who can provide real-time support while students are completing tasks and activities.
  • Asynchronous Learning: Asynchronous learning is a student-centered teaching method widely used in online learning environments. Its basic premise is that learning can occur at different times and spaces particular to each student, as opposed to synchronous learning at the same time and place with groups of students and the instructor. In asynchronous learning, instructors design a learning path with which student engage at their own pace.
  • Blended Face-to-Face Course: Most course activity is completed in the face-to-face classroom, but a significantly smaller percentage of activity is delivered online.
  • Blended Online Course: Most course activity is delivered and completed online, but a smaller percentage of required face-to-face instructional activity takes place in the physical classroom.

Questions to Ask

  • What do you want your students to be able to do, know, or value as a result of taking your class?
  • What learning activities or assessments will provide students with opportunities to develop or demonstrate achievement of the course learning outcomes?
  • Which of these learning activities or assessments would best lend themselves to an online format and which are to a face-to-face format? What combination of in-person and online activities would best address instructional delivery and learning objectives?
  • Which of these learning activities or assessments are best suited to be delivered or completed synchronously and which are best suited to be delivered asynchronously?


The four models presented below are by no means an exhaustive list of hybrid models; they are starting points for exploration and innovation. Do not feel constrained by the models, feel free to adapt them for your specific needs.

If you would like to discuss these models further with a member of the Baylor Learning Design Team, please email the team at learningdesign@baylor.edu.

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