A new model for teaching classes at scale in ways that promote equity and student learning by adopting hybrid modes of instruction.
by Jeff Grabill, Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Jeff GrabillThe Large Lecture to Hybrid initiative is an effort to develop reformed courses that will serve as a new model for teaching that class at scale in ways that promote equity and student learning by adopting hybrid modes of instruction.

The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially increased our willingness to experiment with ways to learn and teach differently. Necessity has clearly been the mother of invention. The pandemic has put pressure on all of our course models, but perhaps none more so than the large lecture course.

Large lecture courses dominate the first two years of students’ experiences at MSU. Student outcomes in these courses overdetermine persistence and success.The large lecture course is a staple of higher education for a number of reasons: history and tradition, assumed (but not necessarily real) efficiencies in time and cost, and perhaps just as importantly but rarely articulated, the notion that teaching involves little more than content delivery. 

The Large Lecture to Hybrid initiative will support educators as they redesign large lecture courses to replace them with hybrid models of course delivery. Studies of traditional lecture courses that were “flipped” or otherwise modified around specific student learning outcomes show that reformed courses are strongly favored by students over traditional classroom environments. Learning outcomes in these courses are at worst unchanged and often better. Redesigned courses will also focus on helping MSU fulfill its commitment to access, equity, and opportunity.

For more information, contact: grabill@msu.edu