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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Hybrid Learning: Maximizing Student Engagement

What is Hybrid course delivery
It is sometimes called "blended," refers to courses of instruction that require students to meet for face to face classes while providing much of the course content and interaction online via course delivery software and instructional tools. Hybrid programs refer to programs of study that provide students with an option of taking some courses fully online and some in class, or hybrid. Effective hybrid course instructional design blends classroom and online methodology and is based on student-directed instruction (as is typical in a distance learning environment), effective and timely teacher intervention, peer to peer interaction, and multiple input sources in a highly interactive learning context. The hybrid model depends on full student and teacher participation and on an instructional design that intentionally supports both specific learning outcomes and flexible delivery.

By Ruth Reynard, director of faculty for Career Education Corp.
I became involved with hybrid teaching simply as a common-sense approach to the challenge of transitioning traditional faculty from classroom to online learning environments while I was director of a center for instructional technology at a university in the South.
The challenge that faced me was working with faculty who were almost completely resistant to the idea of distance learning via the Internet, believing it to be a diminished learning experience.