The IE Hybrid Classroom - Welcome to the new normal!

Hybrid classes are live in-person classes with the majority of students in the classroom but also some students connected remotely through video conferencing. This site provides IE faculty with guidance on how to navigate this new setting, prepare for their hybrid session and make the most appropriate choices for adjusting their teaching dynamics. The areas covered are:

  • 3 critical preconditions to succeed in the hybrid classroom.
  • The IE Hybrid Classroom Set-up - and its implications.
  • Step-by-Step: What to do once you get to the classroom
  • Best practice tips for managing the class dynamics in this new set-up

3 premises to succeed in the hybrid classroom

The IE Hybrid Classroom Set-Up

Social Distancing

  • Max. capacity for classrooms 50% + 1 professor.
  • Max. capacity for work group rooms 3 students.
  • Obligatory to wear a masks at all times.
  • Limited movement, 1.5m distance at all times.
  • Plexi glass screens in the first row.
  • Careful with sharing or handing out or any physcal materials in class (paper hand-outs, post-its, pens, lego, etc!).

Screens & Displays

  • Every classroom is equipped with 2 screens to display (one for contents, one for remote students' video feeds).
  • To ensure that remote students can follow your notes, you have to use an electronic whiteboard.
  • Some classrooms do have a touch screen, others do have a projector and a screen. In this case, the classroom computer does have a tactile screen.
  • Check the Classroom Finder to know the technology in your classroom!

Camera & Microphones

  • 1 camera opposite to the screens. The camera captures the front of the classroom for video transmission - careful to not step out of the picture!
  • If you turn to look at the screen, you are turning your back to the camera (remote students view) and students in class!
  • 2 microphones installed in the ceiling to capture classroom audio.

Step-by-Step: What to Do Once You Get to the Classroom

Best Practice Tips to Managing the Class Dynamics



Don’t be too ambitious about the content you plan to cover. Managing technology will eat up some of your teaching time.

All whiteboarding has to be digital! You can use the built-in Zoom whiteboard or use external apps. If you scribble a lot, you might want to practice.

Include "check-in" slides in your materials, to explicitly pause and balanace your attention between face-to-face and remote students.



Prepare a slide with the rules for classroom engagement to clearly state them at the beginning of the class. Dont hesitate to repeat them if necessary!

Cold calling on individual students is a more directive style to manage the discussion that allows you to effectively engage students from both audiences.

Remote students can also raise their physical hand when they want to speak, just as in the classroom. If only a small number of students is remote, maybe you encourage them to speak up directly



There are external applications (e.g. Kahoot, Socrative, PollEverywhere etc.) that professors use for class. In principale, as everything is managed through screen share in Zoom, you can easily incorporate them.

Using special software (e.g. programming software, 3D modelling software)? Connect your personal computer to the Zoom session (Instructions EN/ES) and share directly from your PC, using any software that you have installed.



It´s easy to bring in guest speakers as everything goes through Zoom! For the next case discussion, maybe you can bring an executive from the company you are analyzing?

Ask your program management team, ideally with 10 days notice, to provide you with an IE University guest account for your speaker.



Involve both remote and face-to-face students in the same teaching dynamic.

Explicitly take turns in focusing your attention on the video feeds on screen and then on the classroom or vice versa.

Speak loud and clear. remind students to do the same, and summarize if necessary to support audio transmission.

Careful - if you turn to look at the screen, you are turning your back to EVERYBODY, students in class and remote students.



Role plays work really well in the hybrid classroom setting and its a powerful dynamic to connect face-to-face and remote students. You have different options to pair up students for role play:

  • Remote student (speaker view) - face-to-face student (stand up at the front of the room and look into the camera).
  • 2 remote students (speaker view)
  • 2 in class students (stand up at the front of the room)



If you are planning to do breakouts or group work think careafefully  about how to set it up. Things to b ear in mind:

  • Everybody connecting through Zoom creates a lot of noise in the classroom and might cause coupling or sound issues.
  • Social distancing prevents students in the classroom to get close to one another.
  • Pairing among remote students and f2f students might increase the divide between the two audiences.
  • You can use the physical group work spaces on campus for longer breakout sessions. Though remember, there can be a max. of 3 students per room.



Practice screen sharing in Zoom - share a powerpoint presentation, the whiteboard or a video clip.

Practice with your own materials and dynamics.