Hybrid/Online Classes

A hybrid class is a class that has exchanged part of its class time for online work, whereas an online class has exchanged all of the in-person class time for online work. A hybrid and online course is a wonderful way to learn. A student is given more flexibility and a wider variety of resources and experiences than many in-person classes, as well as the ability to set their own schedule, watch lectures where they are most productive, and review and diversify their own learning experiences. For faculty, the depth, breadth, and delivery of teaching are expanded and diversified.

However, these great elements require students to be more aware and diligent in staying on top of requirements and deadlines. Online and hybrid courses often require more time than an on-ground class for both the student taking the class and the instructor leading the class. A calendar or agenda is almost certainly required, setting up a routine will greatly help both students and faculty, and if trouble arises then the student should reach out for help. For faculty, intentional course design is crucial for student success.

Considering taking a hybrid or online class?

An online or hybrid course is a different kind of course than a traditional on-ground course. There are a variety of different ways the content is delivered, and it is wise to evaluate how you will adapt to these methods, both before and while taking the course.
Take this hybrid/online course self-assessment!

For Faculty

Suffolk Course Design Resources

Suffolk's Center for Teaching and Scholarly Excellence has a wide range of resources to help faculty transition their face-to-face courses to a hybrid or online format, as well as improve their current hybrid/online offerings.

Exceptional Course Design Samples

Blackboard Inc. has compiled video tours of award-winning courses that are well-designed and effective at delivering their content.

Blackboard Tutorials

Are you new to Blackboard 9 or want to improve your knowledge of the technology?

Who to Contact for Assistance

Information Technology Services

Main Service Desk Location: Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont, 6th floor, Room 655

Monday-Friday 8:30am-8:00pm (except during University Closures.

Satellite for Students: Sawyer Library, 73 Tremont, 3rd floor, 301310am-2pm Monday through Friday (except during University closures)

Email: servicedesk@suffolk.edu
Call: 617-557-2000

Blackboard 24 Hour Support

Call: 866-886-4861 


Media Services

Location: Sargent Hall, Media Center
Call: 617-305-1600
Mon-Fri 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Disability Services

Location: 73 Tremont, 9th floor
Mon-Fri 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Email: disabilityservices@suffolk.edu
Call: 617-573-8034

Center for Learning & Academic Success (CLAS)

Location: 73 Tremont, 9th Floor
Mon-Thurs, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Email: clas@suffolk.edu
Call: 617-573-8034


Sawyer Library

Location: 73 Tremont, 2nd Floor
Mon-Thurs, 8:00 a.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Sun, 11:00 a.m.-midnight
Email: sawlib@suffolk.edu
Online: Library Catalog
Online: Databases
Online: Help and Research Guides
Online: LibAnswers
Call: 617-573-8532 (Reference Desk)
Call: 617-573-8535 (Circulation Desk)