Call for Proposals — Fall 2021 Hybrid Courses

Call for Proposals — Fall 2021 Hybrid Courses


The campus seeks proposals from faculty to develop on a voluntary basis hybrid courses to be offered in Fall 2021 to ensure instructional capacity and quality as we transition back to in-person instruction. Hybrid courses are defined as formats of teaching and learning that include multiple modalities in one course, such as asynchronous and in-person, synchronous and in-person, asynchronous and synchronous. Only courses that are already planned for fall can be proposed, as it is too late request senate approval for new courses.

Priority will be given to courses that utilize the hybrid format to implement active learning techniques such as flipped classrooms, or that seek to provide in-person options for larger courses that otherwise could not be offered in person. 

Faculty whose proposals are approved will be provided $4,000 in summer compensation(1), and pedagogical and technical support throughout the course design and development process. All instructional faculty are eligible to apply.

Faculty whose proposals are awarded agree to share any materials developed through this program upon request from another UCSC instructor who is appointed to teach the same course or one that covers similar material, through the end of 2023. Faculty retain intellectual property rights of their developed course materials.

Courses will be developed in a cohort of roughly ten faculty led by an instructional designer, supporting staff, and a faculty fellow. Each cohort will work together for six weeks. The first three weeks will be focused on course design, framed by a UCSC course on designing and developing online and hybrid courses. The cohort will meet twice weekly in what we expect will be a meaningful learning community. The second three-week period will be used for starting course production. Loaner equipment will be made available to awardees for recording lecture videos at home, or they will have limited access to filming in studios on campus (subject to availability and county/campus health guidelines and vaccine distribution). The cohort will meet August 9–September 27.

We are deeply appreciative of your ingenuity and effort during pandemic-era remote instruction, and we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to participate in a structured process that will result in creating courses that further engage our students and support learning outcomes.


Proposal Guidelines

In no more than two pages, provide responses to the following prompts:

  1. Describe your course, including pertinent information such as its sequence in the curriculum, frequency of offerings, enrollment, and typical assessments (e.g., papers, exams, quizzes, projects).
  2. Explain how a hybrid version of your course would positively impact degree completion or enable optimal utilization of classroom space.
  3. Discuss how a hybrid version of your course may present an opportunity to improve student learning outcomes.
  4. Describe the formats (combination of in-person, asynchronous, synchronous) that you would use in your hybrid course, and a tentative schedule for one week of the course.


Proposals are due by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 26. As department chairs are responsible for curriculum planning, faculty submitting proposals are expected to have consulted with their department or program chair, or college provost, prior to submitting proposals. Submit proposals to, copying your department or program chair or college provost and For awarded proposals, chairs will be required to confirm that courses will be offered.

Questions? — contact Online Education at

(1)  Summer compensation is subject to a three-month limit from all sources during the summer.