I’m not talking about cars, but Kutztown’s accelerated courses. They’re adult, real-world friendly classes that only last half a semester and meet once per week in the evening. I love being able to get a course out of the way early or being able to take two hybrid classes in the time it’d normally take me to complete one. Plus, having a hybrid course in the beginning of your semester along with one or two other regular length courses makes it feel like a reward when it’s over. Suddenly, your workload is decreased and it makes the rest of your semester seem so much easier. Personally, this is my favorite approach. Just when I’m starting to run out of steam, the hybrid ends and I’m rejuvenated!
Most hybrids also include an online portion in which you’re expected to post summaries and comments of related articles, discuss chapter topics or blog about a video or article the professor posts. Many also include short 10-15 questions quizzes to test you on the chapter readings. This online portion usually requires an additional 2-3 hours of your time per week. I recognize that this may sound daunting to many of you, but it’s honestly one of my favorite portions of these courses. Most of the time, many of us end up posting far more than required because the conversations that develop between classmates become so engaging and fascinating. It’s like social media with a cap and gown; academic based in theme/content but socially bound by the relationships you’ve forged with your classmates with the freedom to express your thoughts, ideas and opinions through your unique perspective and experiences.
Let us not forget, of course, to discuss the workload. I’m sure many of you are wondering about that. Are the hybrid courses sounding too good to be true? Well, you do have to achieve a similar workload to that of a traditional course, but the professors at KU have found a way to make it more manageable. Many of your larger projects or assignments will be completed in groups, allowing the workload to be shared. They also post their book list early so you can purchase books in advance and begin your readings before the start of class (this saves you a lot of time later). Additionally, many professors are willing to share their syllabus early to indicate specific reading assignments, so you only have to focus on certain portions of the books assigned. Plus, the online posting portion of the class has its assignments posted in advance so you can work ahead.
All in all, the hybrid course offerings for Kutztown’s graduate programs are a contemporary course offering that works well for those with other obligations to juggle. You get the biggest bang for your buck; full course experience in half the time with all the regular cohort and professor support available. I would definitely recommend a hybrid course and am happy to discuss it with any further if you have questions. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiries!