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Hybrid Course Design Challenge

The Office of Distance Learning is soliciting proposals from faculty members interested in designing a new hybrid course. 

  • The course cannot have been offered as a hybrid course in the past.
  • The course must be designed in Spring 2020 and offered in Summer or Fall 2020.
  • In order to accommodate the different needs that students have, preference will be given to courses with multiple sections so that some may be offered hybrid or online while others continue to run face-to-face.
  • Faculty will receive a $2,500 course design stipend for creating a new hybrid course.
  • The Office of Distance Learning will offer up to 10 course design stipends for this challenge.

Submit Hybrid Course Design Challenge Proposal by 12:30 p.m. January 31, 2020.

The Hybrid Course Design Challenge is an initiative led by the Office of Distance Learning to provide greater access and more diversity of opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to pursue their educational needs and complete their degree programs while managing work, family, and other responsibilities.

UL Lafayette defines “hybrid” as courses that are delivered 50 to 99% online. Typically, hybrid courses blend face-to-face synchronous activities (e.g., group work, practice activities, and assessments) with online asynchronous instruction (e.g., video lectures, assigned texts, and other instructional materials). This method is learner-centered and enables students to learn at their own pace. Visit our Hybrid Learning page for more information about this modality.



Above: Dr. Chan Kiat Lim, professor of piano for the UL Lafayette School of Music and Performing Arts, explains some of the benefits of hybrid course design.

Faculty Eligibility Requirements

  • ULearn Certified
  • Departmental approval to teach the course online by Fall 2020

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Design a hybrid course in Spring 2020. It must pass an internal review conducted by the Instructional Support Team.
  • If not certified as a ULearn Course Designer, enroll in the Spring 2020 Course Design Practicum (February - April).
  • Teach the course online by Fall 2020.
  • Submit the course for an official course review by the Office of Distance Learning after it is taught twice.

Project Timeline

Jan. 31, 2020: Proposals due
Feb. 7, 2020: Recipients notified
June 1, 2020: Course design completed and passed internal review
Fall 2020: Course offered to students

Faculty Compensation

Faculty selected to participate in the Hybrid Course Design Challenge will receive a $2,500 course design stipend upon course design completion and review.

Application Instructions

Complete the Hybrid Course Design Challenge Proposal and submit it no later than 12:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. Faculty members must download an endorsement form and email the signed form to immediately following their application submission.

For questions about the Hybrid Course Design Challenge, please email Instructional Support Manager Dr. Francesco Crocco at or call 337-482-6022.