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What is a hybrid class?

Weekend College Online Course Component

A hybrid class combines classroom learning with online learning. In a hybrid course, a significant portion of the class learning activities are online, which reduces the amount of time spent in a traditional, face-to-face classroom.  Students benefit from the quality instruction and flexibility of both the online and classroom learning environments. 

Weekend College courses are hybrid courses. 

  1. Students attend 6 face-to-face meetings at West and
  2. Students spend about 4-5 hours online per week.  

Students need regular access to the Internet to do their online class work. 

All courses take place online using the ETUDES-NG course management system.  Each week there are four hours of required online work as well as on-campus meetings on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, depending on the course.   

How does a hybrid class work?

All Weekend College classes are hybrid.  Students meet face-to-face at West in a classroom setting once a week on a Friday night, or Saturday or Sunday morning. In addition, students are required to complete about 4-5 hours of classtime each week in an online learning environment.

Students collaborate and interact with their peers and instructor in a traditional classroom setting. They will also learn to work online independently and with their peers. The online environment is a “virtual classroom,” where students will participate in various ways including posting and reading the discussion board or online forums, collaborate with peers on group work, and interact with material provided online by the instructor.

Students will not be working completely on their own, but rather be able to collaborate with peers both virtually and face-to-face. It is important to practice good time management and organizational skills to be a successful hybrid student.

Why take a hybrid class?

Students can benefit from hybrid classes in a variety of ways.

  • Hybrid classes offer greater flexibility and convenience by allowing students to complete part of the course work from home.
  • Students can interact more with their peers and instructor since there are multiple opportunities to do so in both a classroom and online environment.
  • Hybrid classes provide opportunities for students to engage in active, participatory learning.
  • Students have more time to engage and reflect on class work when it is presented online and reinforced in the classroom.
  • Students can feel freer to participate in more class discussions since they can choose which environment – classroom or online – they are more comfortable in.
  • Students can develop and enhance skills in time management, organization, and collaboration. 
  • Students have 24/7 access to online class materials, discussions, and assignments.
  • Students can gain computer literacy skills that will be valuable in future classes and the workplace.

Technical Requirements

The online component of Weekend College courses use ETUDES-NG.  ETUDES-NG works on any computer (PC or Mac), however, students may need to make minor adjustments to ensure that the online course works properly on your computer.

Please carefully review the ETUDES-NG technical requirements before your course begins.

Click here for the technical requirements of the ETUDES-NG system. 

If I don't have a computer, will I still be able to take a Weekend College class?

Yes.  To complete the online component of Weekend College classes, students can use the WLAC computer lab in the library (HLRC).  The Library Internet Computer Lab (LIRL) is located on the 2nd floor of the HLRC.  Students have free access to computers, the Internet, and research databases.  Students should bring their West student ID card and a USB drive to back up their work.

For more information and current hours of operation, visit the West Library website or call (310) 287-4408.

In addition, students can use the free public access Internet and computer workstations at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library at 4975 Overland Avenue, just 1/2 a mile from the West campus. 

For more information and current hours of operation, visit the Julian Dixon Library website or call (310) 559-1676.

HLRC Winter Hours

Mon - Thur: 10:00 AM to 3:45 PM

Closed Fri, Sat, Sun, and Holidays

Culver City Julian Dixon Library Hours

Mon- Thur: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Fri: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Sat: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Closed Sunday

Related Attachments
Please review the ETUDES-NG Student Guide. 
West LA College | What is a hybrid class?