Certificate Program in Hybrid Teaching and Learning

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at Rhode Island College offers a Certificate in Hybrid Teaching and Learning (CHTL).  The CHTL is intended to provide higher-education and K-12 faculty and pre-service teacher candidates with the skills required to meet the burgeoning needs of converting face-to-face pedagogy and skills to a hybrid learning environment.  In the hybrid learning environment, approximately 50% of course content and class interaction is completed online using a Learning Management System (LMS) along with a variety of other software applications.

Two courses are required to complete the certificate program.  Each course will be taken and completed in a hybrid teaching and learning format over a summer and fall term.  The "Foundations in Hybrid Teaching and Learning" course will be offered in the summer, and the "Practicum in Hybrid Teaching and Learning" will run during the fall semester.  At the conclusion of the "Foundations in Hybrid Teaching and Learning" course, participants will have designed a hybrid course that they will then teach in the "Practicum in Hybrid Teaching and Learning" in the fall.

This certificate program is open to all aspiring and current teachers, and to faculty members who teach (or want to teach) a hybrid course in any content area, from grades K-12 through higher education.  Participants must have access to a Learning Management System or equivalent substitute at their teaching institution.  A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required.

CHTL participants earn 8.4 continuing education credits total.


Cont 335: Foundations in Hybrid Teaching and Learning = 60 hours class time = 6 CEU credits. 

Summer term

July 7-9: 9:00am-1:00pm, face-to-face

July 13: 9:00am-1:00pm, face-to-face

July 14-17: online (about 14 hours of asynchronous class work)

July 20: 9:00am-1:00pm, face-to-face

July 21-24: online (about 14 hours of asynchronous class work)

July 27-29: 9:00am-1:00pm, face-to-face


Cont 380: Practicum in Hybrid Teaching and Learning = 24 hours = CEU 2.4 credits. 

Fall term:

  • Three face-to-face meetings with colleagues and instructors (2 hours each): Dates TBD.  6 hours total.
  • Participants will work in pairs in the fall semester.             
  • Participants will visit one colleague’s hybrid classroom two different times over the course of the term, and will observe online interactions, as well as view and assess course materials.  Participants will evaluate their colleague’s online class and make recommendations, based on a supplied rubric.  14 hours.
  • Participants will meet with instructors for one-on-one consultations; instructors will visit participant's classroom once in the fall term. 4 hours.
  • Participants will engage in asynchronous discussion with colleagues. 4 hours.
  • Participants will complete and turn in a Philosophy of Hybrid Teaching and Learning statement. 

To be successful in this course, students must have a laptop or other portable computer/device with the following:


  • External microphone
  • Digital camera or camcorder to take still pictures as well as record movies (optional)


  • Audacity audio recording software (free and available for both Mac and PC at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) or other audio recording software.
  • Movie creating and editing software like iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker;
  • Word processing software;
  • The ability to create PDF files, either by “printing” or saving.
  • Presentation software, like PowerPoint, that allows for audio narration.
  • Web browser.
  • Jing (free and available for both Mac and PC at Outside Linkhttp://www.techsmith.com/download/jing/default.asp) or other screen-capture narration software.

Internet Connectivity

  • DSL line or cable modem.  Dial-up will not work for this class.

Instructional (or learning) management system (IMS or LMS) or equivalent

  • Access to your district’s or school’s IMS/LMS or equivalent.  If you do not have a learning management system in your school or district, we will showcase free alternative solutions. 
  • The ability to add, edit and manipulate content in the online environment in your school’s IMS/LMS or your alternative solution.

How to register:
Please visit Adobe PDF2015 CHTL Registration for further details.  Registration deadline: June 12, 2015


Certificate for Hybrid Teaching and Learning Faculty:

Bonnie L. MacDonald, Ph.D.
Director, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Associate Professor of Communication and Film Studies
(401) 456-9656

Marie F. Beardwood, M.A.
Academic Technologist, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Rhode Island College

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Page last updated: Mar. 9, 2015