Hybrid Learning: The Perils and Promise of Blending Online and Face-to-Face Instruction in Higher Education

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Hybrid Learning: The Perils and Promise of Blending Online and Face-to-Face Instruction in Higher Education is an in-depth exploration of a new learning mode that could radically change higher education, incorporating emerging trends in technology and multimedia use?including online gaming, social networking, and other Web 2.0 applications?to create engaging and dynamic learning environments. Laying out fundamental challenges facing higher education today, this book shows how hybrid instruction can be designed ...

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Overview

Hybrid Learning: The Perils and Promise of Blending Online and Face-to-Face Instruction in Higher Education is an in-depth exploration of a new learning mode that could radically change higher education, incorporating emerging trends in technology and multimedia use—including online gaming, social networking, and other Web 2.0 applications—to create engaging and dynamic learning environments. Laying out fundamental challenges facing higher education today, this book shows how hybrid instruction can be designed and implemented to deliver excellent educational value in flexible modes and at moderate costs well-suited to the circumstances of many students and institutions.

The book lays out the characteristic profiles of students who are most likely to benefit from and perform well in a hybrid learning environment, as well as the features and practices of hybrid courses most likely to produce positive learning outcomes. It also specifies the obligations of faculty in designing and delivering best-practice hybrid courses and the support and policy obligations of institutions. Challenging prima-facie assumptions about hybrid learning, the author promotes it as nothing less than an opportunity to reenvision education for the 21st century.

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What People Are Saying

Tom Funk

"Jason Snart makes a persuasive case that blended learning -- a hybrid of online learning and in-person classes -- is radically changing the face of higher education. Forget about diploma mills. His book charts a real revolution in learning that leverages today's web and mobile technologies to improve the classroom experience. This is an important book for educators, administrators -- and anyone who cares about optimal education for the 21st century."

Tom Funk, Vice President of Marketing, Timberline Interactive

Bret Ingerman
"While technology may change rapidly in the 'real world,' it changes far more slowly within the classroom. And for good reason: considerable thought should, and must be given to the value and impact that any technological change would have on the learning process. While the newest software fad may be intriguing, it may not offer anything additional to the educational experience. We need to be cautious of solutions in search of needs, and embrace solutions to our needs. Jason Snart's Hybrid Learning: The Perils and Promise of Blending Face-to-Face and Online Instruction in Higher Education helps us to delve deeper into the real and relevant issues concerning the role and the use of technology in the educational process."
Bret Ingerman, Vice President for Computing and Information Services Vassar College
Dr. Wes Habley
"Jason Snart does an outstanding job of illuminating the topic of Ôblended' or Ôhybrid' learning models. While online learning has been embraced by many as a way to expand the times when and places in which students can learn, others resist the technological delivery of instruction. Still others accept technology, but may not use it effectively. Snart explores the challenges facing higher education and the historical context for hybrid learning models and suggests that effective hybrid learning occurs at the nexus of technology, student characteristics, the nature of the discipline, and face-to-face instruction. This book is an excellent read for instructional designers, faculty members, and others who believe that higher education in the 21st century requires new ways to teach and new ways to learn."
Dr. Wes Habley, Principal Associate, Educational Services, ACT, Inc.
Jim Vanides
" Hybrid Learning is a thoughtful exploration by a 'resistant early adopter' who holds no punches as he describes the power and pitfalls of blending face-to-face with online learning. While the higher education world rushes forward to embrace online learning, Jason Snart provides the type of critically important perspective needed to ensure that we achieve the highest quality of instruction and learning outcomes possible - a perspective that is both practical and balanced."
Jim Vanides, Education Program Manager, Hewlett-Packard Office of Global Social Innovation

Tom Funk

"Jason Snart makes a persuasive case that blended learning -- a hybrid of online learning and in-person classes -- is radically changing the face of higher education. Forget about diploma mills. His book charts a real revolution in learning that leverages today's web and mobile technologies to improve the classroom experience. This is an important book for educators, administrators -- and anyone who cares about optimal education for the 21st century."

Tom Funk, Vice President of Marketing, Timberline Interactive

Bret Ingerman

"While technology may change rapidly in the 'real world,' it changes far more slowly within the classroom. And for good reason: considerable thought should, and must be given to the value and impact that any technological change would have on the learning process. While the newest software fad may be intriguing, it may not offer anything additional to the educational experience. We need to be cautious of solutions in search of needs, and embrace solutions to our needs. Jason Snart's Hybrid Learning: The Perils and Promise of Blending Face-to-Face and Online Instruction in Higher Education helps us to delve deeper into the real and relevant issues concerning the role and the use of technology in the educational process."

Bret Ingerman, Vice President for Computing and Information Services Vassar College

Dr. Wes Habley

"Jason Snart does an outstanding job of illuminating the topic of Ôblended' or Ôhybrid' learning models. While online learning has been embraced by many as a way to expand the times when and places in which students can learn, others resist the technological delivery of instruction. Still others accept technology, but may not use it effectively. Snart explores the challenges facing higher education and the historical context for hybrid learning models and suggests that effective hybrid learning occurs at the nexus of technology, student characteristics, the nature of the discipline, and face-to-face instruction. This book is an excellent read for instructional designers, faculty members, and others who believe that higher education in the 21st century requires new ways to teach and new ways to learn."

Dr. Wes Habley, Principal Associate, Educational Services, ACT, Inc.

Jim Vanides

"Hybrid Learning is a thoughtful exploration by a 'resistant early adopter' who holds no punches as he describes the power and pitfalls of blending face-to-face with online learning. While the higher education world rushes forward to embrace online learning, Jason Snart provides the type of critically important perspective needed to ensure that we achieve the highest quality of instruction and learning outcomes possible - a perspective that is both practical and balanced."

Jim Vanides, Education Program Manager, Hewlett-Packard Office of Global Social Innovation

Tom Funk

"Jason Snart makes a persuasive case that blended learning -- a hybrid of online learning and in-person classes -- is radically changing the face of higher education. Forget about diploma mills. His book charts a real revolution in learning that leverages today's web and mobile technologies to improve the classroom experience. This is an important book for educators, administrators -- and anyone who cares about optimal education for the 21st century."

Dr. Wes Habley

"Jason Snart does an outstanding job of illuminating the topic of ‘blended' or ‘hybrid' learning models. While online learning has been embraced by many as a way to expand the times when and places in which students can learn, others resist the technological delivery of instruction. Still others accept technology, but may not use it effectively. Snart explores the challenges facing higher education and the historical context for hybrid learning models and suggests that effective hybrid learning occurs at the nexus of technology, student characteristics, the nature of the discipline, and face-to-face instruction. This book is an excellent read for instructional designers, faculty members, and others who believe that higher education in the 21st century requires new ways to teach and new ways to learn."

Bret Ingerman

"While technology may change rapidly in the 'real world,' it changes far more slowly within the classroom. And for good reason: considerable thought should, and must be given to the value and impact that any technological change would have on the learning process. While the newest software fad may be intriguing, it may not offer anything additional to the educational experience. We need to be cautious of solutions in search of needs, and embrace solutions to our needs. Jason Snart's Hybrid Learning: The Perils and Promise of Blending Face-to-Face and Online Instruction in Higher Education helps us to delve deeper into the real and relevant issues concerning the role and the use of technology in the educational process."

Jim Vanides

"Hybrid Learning is a thoughtful exploration by a 'resistant early adopter' who holds no punches as he describes the power and pitfalls of blending face-to-face with online learning. While the higher education world rushes forward to embrace online learning, Jason Snart provides the type of critically important perspective needed to ensure that we achieve the highest quality of instruction and learning outcomes possible - a perspective that is both practical and balanced."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313381577
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/31/2010
  • Pages: 179
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Method

Terminology

1 The Resistant Early Adopter 1

2 Challenges Facing Higher Education 7

Managing Enrollment 8

Scheduling and Classroom Space 12

Aligning Learning Objectives 14

Improving Student Retention, Success, and Completion 16

Reaching Tech-Savvy Students 18

Understanding Students, Technology, and Writing 22

Assessing the Digital Divide 25

Choosing a Direction 28

3 Going Hybrid: The Bigger Picture 29

Room for Innovation 30

Retaining Students Online: What Do We Know? 33

Responding to Competing Pressures 35

Our Media-Rich Environment "Share Your Story" 36

Convergence: Technology and Media Participation 40

NYTimes Goes Interactive 47

Pirates of the Caribbean Online: Convergence and Participation 49

4 Hybrids: A Cultural Moment and Its History 55

Hybrid Learning as Distance Education 58

Diploma Mills: The New Shape of an Old Problem 64

Where Might the History of Distance Learning Go? 69

5 Hybrids in Action 73

Defining Terms (Again) and Upfront Advertising 74

Hybrids Across an Institution 76

Ada Wainwright, Psychology 76

Naheed Hasan, Psychology 81

Mitchell Fisher, Economics 85

Lois Stanciak, Education 88

A Hybrid Program 92

Master of Education in Educational Studies, University of Alberta 92

A Student Perspective 97

Emily Conradt, Graduate Student, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 97

Variations on a Theme 104

Lessons to Learn? 108

6 Technology: Trending to Community and Collaboration 111

Course Management Systems: Building Vutual Presence 114

Blogs: A Public Sphere in the Classroom 118

Wilds: The Art of Managing Collaboration 120

Social Bookmarking: Sharing Content and Community 123

Second Life: Real Learning in a Virtual World 126

Exit Reality: The Social Web 138

And Now, the Next Big Thing... 140

7 A Resistant Early Adopter Argues for Hybridity 143

The End? 145

Appendix: At a Glance: What It Takes to Make Hybrid Learning Work 147

Notes 151

Index 169

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