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Any suggestions on how to offer a hybrid course in Individual Taxation?

I'm using the comprehensive text, along with CengageNow, and have never offered an on-line class. I'm up for any suggestions.

Thank you.

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Re: Any suggestions on how to offer a hybrid course in In...



I have extensive experience in teaching online and hybrid courses. Here are a few tips to get you started:


  1. Identify the objectives that students should achieve, and outcomes students should be able to perform by the end of the course.
  2. Decide how you will know if a student has achieved understanding and proficiency of course content. Will there be tests, papers, projects, etc. used for formative and summative assessments? Design your assessments.
  3. Brainstorm/plan course activities that will assist the students to meet the learning objectives/outcomes.
  4. Determine activities that would work well in a face-to-face and which activities can be completed online. Maximize active learning and social interactions in the face-to-face environment since social presence can be harder to maintain in the online environment. Also, you want to be sure that your face-to-face portion of your course informs the online portion of your course and vice versa so it becomes a cohesive class. Here are a few suggestions for face-to-face vs. online activities:
  • Face-to-face is good for:
    • Establishing social presence and support
    • Nonverbal communication
    • Defining assignments
    • Negotiating expectations and responsibilities
    • Diagnosing students’ conceptual problems and providing immediate feedback
    • Brainstorming
    • Role-playing
    • Student demonstrations of psycho-motor skills
  • Online is good for:
    • Sustaining group work, collaboration, and support
    • Reflections, on-task discourse
    • Broader participation in discussions
    • Critical analysis
    • Self-paced learning and practice
    • Self-assessment quizzes with feedback
    • Automatic grading of multiple choice, T/F, fill-in-the-blank tests
  1. Focus on learning, not technology. Keep technology use simply in order to avoid turning the course into a support nightmare and gradually add more advanced technology. 
  2. Whenever possible, use resources that are already created for you such as MindTap, Test Banks, etc.
  3. Include a weekly schedule in your syllabus. In the weekly schedule, identify which components of the course will be online and which will be face-to-face. This will help students keep track of what is expected of them and when.

Maggie Major