For the instructor, the hybrid format provides an unconventional, creative learning environment that utilizes technological tools and provides flexibility in terms of in-class contact hours - thereby providing time for experiential learning opportunities. [...] it is important to continually update and modify your hybrid courses.
ONLINE EDuCATION AND DISTANCE LEARNING A Hy Course The Best of Both E By SANDRA POIRIER C areer and technical educa- Hybrid courses generally provide a sig- part of their instruction online performed tors are constantly being nificant portion of the learning activities better, on average, than those taking the challenged to have their online—so time traditionally spent in the same course through face-to-face instruc- courses meet the changing classroom is reduced, but not eliminated. tion. With a hybrid course, students are needs of their students in this fast-paced By leveraging technology tools with the generally required to do more work on world we live in. New information and more traditional classroom structure, you their own, and this expansion of learning communication technologies have revo- are able to create a dynamic learning time results in better test performance lutionized the way we teach and learn environment with faculty-student interac- and subject mastery, according to the in our classrooms. In addition, there are tion as well as student-student interaction. study. Unfortunately, there is less research more nontraditional students returning to I have learned that by combining the two on secondary hybrid courses; however a the campus seeking learning opportuni- educational formats into a hybrid model, study conducted by Project Tomorrow ties that fit their lifestyles. students are able to receive the best of in 2009 indicated that online learning As a new faculty member at Middle both educational worlds. nearly doubled among high school stu- Tennessee State University, I had many dents since 2008. The number of middle variables to consider when redesigning What the Research Says school students taking online classes has my program; I found that the hybrid Research conducted by the U.S. Depart- also climbed by 21 percent since 2008. model provides the tools for me to create ment of Education in 2009 indicated that Elowin Harper, a family and consumer engaging and worthwhile courses. For the hybrid instruction is among the fastest sciences teacher at Siegel High School in last five years I have been creating hybrid growing enrollment in higher education. Murfreesboro, Tennessee, said, “Hybrid courses that meet my course objectives, This meta-analysis project identified courses offer advantages to both the while they provide flexibility and conve- more than 1,000 empirical studies and instructor and student. For the students, nience to the diverse student population. concluded that students who took all or hybrid courses offer flexibility that allows 28 T e ch n iqu es SEPTEMBER 2010 www.acteonline.org ybrid Design: Educational Worlds PHOTOS BY ISTOCk.COM them time to juggle work, family and biweekly discussions, completing online the two formats. Guidelines need to be school. Many students see the hybrid professional development workshops and very clear with specific instructions for format as the best of both worlds. For the podcasts, writing journals, and teaming each assignment. Lastly, it is important instructor, the hybrid format provides an up with secondary programs and local to continually update and modify your unconventional, creative learning envi- county agencies for community service- hybrid courses. I use the students’ feed- ronment that utili
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