Scaling Hybrid Course Development: Cal State LA’s two roads to quality hybrid education

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Brief Abstract

Learn how Cal State LA’s Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL) scaled their faculty development efforts to support up to 75 faculty in one year to develop quality hybrid courses, as well as offer additional faculty an alternative pathway to quality hybrid course design.


Jeff is the Senior Instructional Designer at the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning at Cal State Los Angeles. He consults with faculty during course redesign, while also helping to enhance faculty teaching practices. To date, Jeff has helped faculty build over 100 hybrid and online courses. On the side, he teaches digital imaging and conducts forensic image analysis and accounting in civil cases involving copyright infringement.

Additional Authors

As Cal State LA's Director of Academic Technology, I provide leadership in employing technology to advance teaching, learning, and scholarship at the university. This includes providing support for Canvas, Zoom, Qualtrics, Turnitin, clickers and other student response systems, and other technology tools. I supervise CETL instructional design staff and oversee the campus' educational technology lab. In addition, I consult with faculty who wish to redesign to flipped, blended, or fully online formats. I work closely with the Senior Director for the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL) to help to increase active learning on campus, and help facilitate professional development on general course redesign (e.g., backwards design, significant learning, etc.) for faculty. Before coming to Cal State L.A., I have worked as an instructional designer at a software company; as a software trainer at Chapman University; and as a K-8 technology teacher in the greater Los Angeles area. I have an M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Communication from UC Santa Barbara.
Maria Fernandez is an Instructional Designer supporting faculty in the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning at Cal State LA with over 20 years of experience in Instructional Technology. Maria continues to help faculty create effective learning solutions for online, on-site, and blended environments. She is a QM Peer Reviewer.

Extended Abstract

Scaling quality hybrid course development can be challenging for many institutions.   Due to recent University growth and a resulting classroom shortage, Cal State LA’s Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL) was tasked with the challenge of helping up to 75 faculty redesign their courses to a 50% F2F/50% online model.  CETL, a small faculty development department with 2 full-time instructional designers was ready for the challenge.  An intensive 4-month program was developed to help up to 25 faculty through quality hybrid course redesign.  This program was repeated over 3 quarters during the academic year to help up to 75 faculty develop hybrid courses for the 2016-2017 academic year.

In addition to this program, an alternative “Road to Hybrid” website and materials were developed to help faculty who wished to redesign their courses in a self-paced manner.   This alternative path encouraged faculty to work at their own pace—yet helped ensure a quality approach to hybrid course redesign.

Come learn about these two roads to quality hybrid course redesign, as we share the opportunities and challenges we encountered through these new efforts