Hybrid Classes


IMPORTANT: To avoid missing your class, look for the section H on your Student Schedule. 

If you don’t see the code H, go to the instructions for online (OL) classes,

On Campus + Online = The Best of both Worlds

Hybrid courses are a blend of traditional face-to-face instruction and online instruction. At Cascadia, hybrid classes generally meet once or twice a week, with the remaining class time online. Our hybrid classes are taught by Cascadia College instructors. 

While hybrid courses give you more flexibility in learning, remember that regular participation in both parts of the class is essential for success.


Hybrid Classes Welcome Letter


Each quarter we send out this letter to all students who are registered for a hybrid course for the upcoming quarter.


Thank you for enrolling in a Cascadia hybrid class this quarter. A hybrid course is one that meets both in the classroom and online. Regardless of the day of the week that your class physically meets, you will want to start the first day of the quarter by logging into the class at Cascadia's CANVAS website. Login information is at the end of this message. 


Although you can log into CANVAS now, you will not be able to access your course materials until 2 weeks before the quarter beginsat the earliest. Some faculty may choose not to open the course until the quarter begins.


If you are new to CANVAS, I encourage you to work through the Week Zero Tutorial to get familiar with how CANVAS works. You’ll find the link to the Week Zero tutorial with your courses when you login to CANVAS.


I also encourage you to visit the eLearning section of the Cascadia website. There, you will find helpful information on being an online learner. You can access that information either by going to the elearning page.


Please direct any questions about your course to your individual instructor, whose name is above. Cascadia’s email convention is first initial + last name@cascadia.edu. So, John Doe would be jdoe@cascadia.edu.


Your eLearning Department


Before Classes Begin

Prepare for class: Test your access to the class website, do the Week Zero tutorial, buy your textbooks, and make a backup plan for attending class online. The online part of most classes is held on the CANVAS online course system. Click here to get more information.

Your hybrid course starts on the first day of the quarter, which is not necessarily the first day that your class meets in the classroom.  If you have any questions contact your instructor.

What to Do How to Do It
STEP 1.  Look for the section H on your Student Schedule.
H denotes hybrid classes that meet both online and face to face. 
  • If you don’t see the section H, go to the instructions for the online (OL) classes.
  • If your confirmation shows the section H, go to Step 2.
STEP 2. Confirm that you meet the technical requirements.
Make sure that you can log into CANVAS prior to the start of the quarter.
  • Go to CANVAS.  
  • If you encounter problems, you can get technical help by emailing elhelp@cascadia.edu or calling 425.352.8166.

STEP 3. Buy your textbooks.
Most eLearning courses require textbooks.


  • On campus at the University Bookstore (between the Cascadia and University of Washington Bothell buildings), OR
  • Online at University Bookstore.


STEP 4. Activate your library card.
Even if you don’t plan to use the campus libraries in person, you will need your library card to access research databases online.



STEP 5. Plan time in your schedule to participate in class.


  • Plan on spending at least 10-15 hours a week in class. A 5-credit hybrid class takes at least as much time as a 5-credit class that meets on campus.


STEP 6. Make a backup plan. What computer will you use if your primary computer is unavailable? You will be expected to participate on time, regardless of technical problems.


  • Plan to use a campus computer, a work computer, a friend’s computer, or other alternatives.


First Day of a Hybrid Class

Log in to your class website. It is your obligation to log in to the class on the first day — don’t wait for an email message from your instructor or for the first day that your class meets face to face.  Click on the link above to get more information.

Hybrid classes require regular participation both face to face and online. If you find that you can’t participate regularly, let your instructor know right away.

 Log In to Your Class Website

Your hybrid class begins on the first day of the quarter, which is not necessarily the first day that your class meets in the classroom. Hybrid classes allow for a lot of freedom, but they are not self-paced. You will have regular assignments, and it is important to start them on the first day. If you won’t be able to do that, contact your instructor.

Review the Class Website

Each instructor uses CANVAS in a slightly different way. Be sure you know where to find and submit assignments, how to take tests, etc. If you have questions, be sure to ask your instructor for clarification.

Check That Your Email Address Is Correct

Email is the primary way that your instructor will get in touch with you. Be sure that your email address is correct in both of these places:

Print Out Your Syllabus and Calendar

Your instructor will provide lots of important information in the syllabus and/or calendar. Print out those documents and read them, and keep the printouts in your textbook. Put key dates (tests, due dates, and so on) in your personal calendar. Note your instructor’s phone number in case you need to contact him or her and cannot use a computer.


Help with Hybrid Classes

The first 2 weeks of an online class can be the most challenging weeks of the quarter. Don’t give up. If you have trouble, help is available. See below for more information. 

In general, you can log in to your class website 1 week before the quarter begins, but your instructor may choose not to provide access to your particular class website until the first day of class.


 What to Do How to Do It

Make sure that you are following the instructions for your class type. 

If you don’t see the section H, go to the instructions for online (OL) classes.

Password or CANVAS problems: Contact the Presidium help desk.

Contact eLearning:  you can get technical help by emailingelhelp@cascadia.edu or calling 425-352-8166.

Academic advising: Contact the eLearning academic advisor.

See theacademic advising office page

Help with any issue: You can always contact the eLearning office for help with any issue.

Contact the eLearning Department at elhelp@cascadia.edu