Alternating Hybrid

How it works

Students in the class are divided into two groups. Each group of students meets with the instructor in the classroom (on-campus) once per week. Students who are not meeting in the classroom are learning remotely, interacting with the instructor and their peers through Zoom (or similar technology). As an example, a class that meets for 50 minutes on Mondays and Fridays might be divided into two groups of students. One group meets on-campus on Mondays and the second group meets on-campus on Fridays. Students who are not meeting on-campus are engaged in synchronous remote learning.

Alternating hybrid is different from what is called a simultaneous hybrid course because in this case all students enrolled in the course are expected to come to campus to take part in in-person instruction. 

How it appears in the catalog

The course catalog will have one section for this course but with two modalities: Remote and On-Campus. Since there is a synchronous component for both modalities then a date and timeframe may also be indicated. Groups will be assigned by the instructor in the first week. 

Important to note

Faculty need to be aware that designing and teaching an alternating hybrid course will present significant challenges for them and their students, specifically: 

  • Live synchronous sessions with both groups of students, such as an in-person screening or lecture with remote students joining over Zoom, presents a possible inequity issue between those groups. You will need to ensure that your remote students can participate meaningfully with what is happening in the classroom and vice-versa. 
  • CalArts has limited capacity to support networked classrooms on campus. 

I still want to teach an alternating hybrid course. How can I go about it? 

The course design approach for an alternating hybrid course should be the same as for a fully online/remote course plus any social distancing considerations you may need to keep in mind for any on-campus activity. 

Additionally, you will want to review the best practices and strategies for hybrid course design. 

Alternating hybrid courses on Learn

We recommend that you use the Learn LMS to host your course content so all students, no matter how they are learning throughout the week, can access course content and schedules easily. 

Need help?

If you're planning to teach an alternating hybrid course, we encourage you to sign up for the provided training course, Faculty Training for Teaching Online. You can also reach out to the instructional design team at so we can assist you with your course planning.