Frequently Asked Questions
about Hybrid Courses
is a Hybrid course?
Hybrid classes are a combination of online and classroom
instruction. We like to think of a hybrid class as very similar to
an online class, but with face-to-face support Students and teacher
work online online via the Internet, but they also meet part of the time
--usually one day a week-- in the classroom. We think this format
gives students the best of both worlds--the Internet and the classroom--and at the
same time, allows more flexibility. Our experience has been
that these classes will require you to be "in attendance" the same amount of
time as your regular classes do . . . but that they give you (and your
teacher) more flexibility in how that time is used.
Who can take a Hybrid class?
Anyone who has been admitted to
Glendale Community College and has met the individual prerequisites for that
particular class can enroll in a Hybrid course.
How should I prepare to
succeed in a Hybrid courses?
To succeed in a Hybrid course:
- You must attend the regularly scheduled
class sessions on campus.
- You must have the time (at least 6 to 8
hours a week) to learn writing skills.
- You must be comfortable using computers
and learning new software.
- You must have time to access the web
several times a week;
- You must read assignments and directions
- You must turn in assignments on time;
- You must be organized and like to work
- Most importantly, you must be
self-motivated in order to succeed in a Hybrid course.
Are Hybrid courses designed for specific
The Hybrid courses are designed for:
- busy, commuting students who can replace
some on-campus time with online study.
- students who wish to retain the value of
personal contact with the instructor and other students, instead of a
solely distance education experience.
- students interested in active and
participatory learning, both in the classroom and online.
Are there any
requirements for a Hybrid course?
participate in Hybrid courses, you must attend the regular classes on
campus. You also must have access to the Internet for the online
portion of the class. Most students use a home computer with Internet
access. Computers with Internet access are also available for students
to use in the GCC High Tech Centers.
Are there any
prerequisites for Hybrid courses?
must take the ASSET placement test. A score of 41 or better places a
student in ENG101, and a score of 40 or below places a student in ENG071.
Students must have completed ENG101 with a grade of C or better to register
Click here to learn more about
course placement testing.
I am not very proficient
in the use of computers, but I am still interested in the Hybrid style of
learning. Can I still enroll?
The College supports your learning of
computer skills in many ways. Computer classes and keyboarding classes are
available to assist you. Staff in computer labs such as the High Tech Center
are available to help you as well. Your instructor will provide more
information in class about the opportunities GCC offers for you to enhance
your computer skills.
Will I be working on my
No. You will be working closely with
the instructor and the students in your class, just as you would in a
traditional classroom. But you will also learn to work online, both
independently and with others. Depending upon the course, you may
interact in an electronic classroom and learn skills such as participation
in the class through online discussions or forums, collaborations through
group work, and working and taking responsibility in a team for class
projects. You will not be on your own, but you will need to learn good
organizational and time-management skills to be successful as a hybrid
Can Hybrid course
credits be applied as credit towards my Degree/Certification just like a
Yes. Hybrid course credits apply
toward degree, certificate, and transfer in the same way that
classroom-based courses do. In addition, by taking a Hybrid course, you will
gain computer literacy skills that will be valuable in other coursework and
in your workplace.
What if I have a problem?
will provide help with learning writing skills and learning computer skills
you may need to succeed in your class. You will be given directions on
how to access the course website and use GCC student email and online course
discussion areas. Additionally, for technical help, students may call
the Student Help Desk at 623-845-HELP (4357) or send an email message to: