Hybrid Support


Hybrid Courses

MSU’s Academic Programs Catalog notes that a hybrid course must provide at least 50% of its instruction online. The technology installed in these classrooms should be applied to meet your intended learning outcomes and to encourage active learning. A hybrid course ideally combines the socializing opportunities of the classroom with the digital possibilities of the online environment, to create a symbiotic set of active learning activities.

The percentage of in-person instruction in a hybrid course should be driven by learning outcomes and how instructors can best meet them. For more detailed information, please review the course modalities document.


What is a university hybrid technology classroom and where are they across campus?

University hybrid technology classrooms are classrooms that are optimized with technology that assists in courses that have both online and in-person parts (hybrid courses). These classrooms are equipped with integrated, HD cameras that can pan, tilt, and zoom to meet a variety of needs. These updated classrooms are located throughout campus in the below list. Instructors wishing to utilize the hybrid technology carts in university classrooms for remote teaching may request a room and the recurring times through the Office of the Registrar. Requests should be submitted as an “event” request and not as a class scheduling. Should you need assistance, please contact Karen Tindall at: tindall@msu.edu.

Please note that a number of university buildings will be secured this fall semester and require card access to enter. If you do not currently have card access to the building in which you reserved a classroom for your remote instruction, please have your department administrator request access through the normal process. Should you need assistance, please contact Denni Kraft at: dennisto@msu.edu.

IT Services is providing instructors with a microphone element for those choosing to utilize the hybrid technology for remote delivery of their course(s). These elements will be kept by the instructor for the fall semester and will be responsible for cleaning them after each use. Arrangements will be made with IT Services for delivery of the microphone element. Please contact IT Services should you need assistance at ithelp@msu.edu or 517-432-6200.


Hybrid Resources

Hybrid Professional Development

The Hybrid Teaching Primer workshop is a 6-8-hour primer for instructors that have courses scheduled to be offered in a hybrid format for fall 2020. You can self-enroll in this workshop for the week of August 24. If you have questions related to this workshop, please direct them to Brendan Guenther (brendan@msu.edu) and Ashley Braman (behanash@msu.edu).

One-On-One Consultation

We are providing opportunities to visit a classroom and work with this new technology before the semester begins. This personalized instruction is available now through the beginning of fall semester and will be offered in centrally located rooms on campus. These sessions will take place in person, with a Zoom option available if desired. Appointments must be booked 24 hours in advance. Book an appointment today.

Additional Information

Here is a detailed hybrid tech cart overview: Using University Hybrid Technology Classrooms at MSU.

Here you will find additional resources, including video and documentation, for using the hybrid tech carts.

We have also created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document about the university hybrid technology classrooms, and will be frequently updated based on evolving questions and feedback.


What to know about accessibility

MSU is committed to providing an inclusive learning environment that promotes success for all students. New services around closed captioning and course accessibility are being rolled out this fall to support teaching and learning efforts. Captioning instructional video is a necessity and has shown to be a tool of student success. MSU IT has hired student employees to help provide accurate closed captioning on instructional media that is 20 minutes or less. For more information about the student CrowdSourcing Closed Captioning program visit Webaccess.

Additionally, on August 17, 2020 MSU IT will activate a new tool in D2L called Spartan Ally, which will support faculty in creating more accessible classroom experiences. This will advance MSU’s inclusive learning initiatives, promote the campus digital accessibility strategy, and improve access to course materials delivered through our D2L BrightSpace learning management system. Spartan Ally will be automatically activated for faculty and instructors in each of their D2L courses starting August 17th. We encourage you to investigate and identify steps for continuing to improve the accessibility of your D2L courses. A great place to start is with your course syllabi, or other frequently used course materials. A guiding principle for you to consider is “Progress, not perfection” as you get started.


We want your feedback

As we continue to rely more on technology to support instruction, we would like your feedback. Please fill out this short survey to help us foresee trends and patterns of faculty and student technology adoption so that we can better support your needs.