The Ubyssey’s dictionary entry for what ‘hybrid' classes really are

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During our “return to campus,” the "campus” part has been made complicated by hybrid learning. At first glance, this involves some mixture of online and in-person classes — until you examine what that really looks like in practice. Here is The Ubyssey’s attempt at a comprehensive guide to all the definitions of ‘hybrid’ learning.

Hybrid | hahy-brid

As a Noun

1. The offspring of two plants or animals of different species or varieties, such as a liger (the offspring of a male lion and a female tiger).

2. A word composed of elements originally drawn from different languages, as “dysfunction,” from the Greek δυσ- (dys-) meaning "bad" and the Latin functio (“execution”).

As a State of Academic Affairs

1. Class in person on Mondays and Wednesdays, online Fridays.

2. Class in person on Mondays, online Wednesdays and Fridays.

3. Class in person on Mondays and Fridays, online Wednesdays.

4. Class in person on Tuesdays, online Thursdays.

5. Class online Tuesdays, in person on Thursdays.

6. Class online for your three hour lecture every other week.

7. Class that’s in person but some of your peers are not and therefore, Zooming in.

8. All classes in person, but all office hours online.

9. Classes in person for the first two weeks of class, but then online for the next two weeks due to your prof’s COVID-19 exposure.

10. Classes in person, but at any time, they could become remote.

11. Classes in person, but your part-time work is remote.

12. Classes online, but your part-time work is in person.

13. Classes in person, but your club is remote.

14. Classes online, but your club is in person.

15. Classes online, but you watch the lecture in the classroom your lecture would have been in.

16. Class in person on Monday, middle names A-K in person on Wednesday and L-Z in person on Friday

17. Your prof teaches in a hybrid, most likely a Prius.


Latin; Highly popularized circa 2020 among discussions of return to work and education mid-/post-COVID-19 pandemic.