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Sandy Somo

Sociology Hyflex Hybrid and Online Instructor

Hi there! Are you interested in taking Sociology 101 as a hyflex hybrid class (partially on campus, and partially online), or as a fully online class? If so, read on!

I am teaching one hyflex hybrid course for the Fall 2019 term, during the first 8 weeks of the semester, which takes place from September 3rd to October 26th. I will also be teaching a fully online course in Fall 2019 during the second 8 weeks of the semester, which will take place from October 28th to December 18th. Below are some details for what these classes entail. 

1. The Basics: First and foremost, know that these classes are 8 weeks long, which means that they are pretty fast paced. Hyflex hybrid means that some of our time together will be spent in in class at GCC, and the rest will be spent in a virtual learning environment via Canvas and Skype. For that class, we will be meeting on campus 4 times during the 8 week session, on every other Friday from 1:30-5:30pm. These class meetings are mandatory. Please check the ticket number on the GCC Class Schedule for the exact days of the class meetings, and for other information, to determine if it fits your schedule. For the fully online class, there will be no on-campus class meetings (though you are absolutely welcome to stop by during my Student Visiting Hours in my office if you're ever on campus during those times!). 

2. Real-Time Communication: For the hyflex hybrid class, we will have "real time" online class sessions every other week via Skype (on the weeks we don't meet on campus), to promote interaction among us all, and to go beyond written exchanges (such as forums on Canvas, and pre-taped or narrated mini-lectures), although we will have those, too. On those weeks, I will send out a Doodle poll to determine what the most popular time options to host these online class sessions are for that particular week, depending on everyone's schedules. In the past, some popular times that students have requested are: Wednesday evenings (5-6pm or 7-8pm) and Saturday afternoons (1-2pm or 2-3pm). For the online class, since we don't meet on campus for classes at all, we will have these Skype sessions every week. 

3. Other Assignments: Similar to traditional face-to-face classes, these hyflex hybrid and online classes will also include the usual weekly readings, activities to complete on Canvas, projects, reflection papers, and exams. The main difference with hyflex hybrid courses is that we meet on campus less often and "telecommute" more, and with online classes, we don't meet on campus at all, so you are in charge of navigating your learning at your own pace (while keeping in mind the deadlines). 

Feel free to email me at if you have any questions, and check out the links below for more information on distance education and Canvas! 

Online Student Readiness Tutorials - find valuable tools by scrolling down to "Interactive Tutorials." All 11 tutorials are wonderful, though the first 6 are especially helpful for students who want to be best prepared to succeed in hybrid and online classes. 

General Information on Distance Education at GCC - learn about the hyflex hybrid and fully online courses offered at our college by clicking on the "Get Started" icon. 

Specific Information on Distance Education for Social Sciences Courses - learn about the hyflex hybrid and fully online courses offered within our Social Sciences Division at GCC. 

Canvas Student Tour - check out these short videos on how to use Canvas. 

Canvas Student Guide - access responses for popular "how to" questions about using Canvas.


Sandy Somo
Distance Education Faculty
Social Sciences Division