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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

by Jason Allen Snart
 

A call for the extension of hybrid learning urges that it become not just a quick fix or a boon for the bottom line, but an educational mode that reenvisions quality teaching and learning for the 21st century.

• Written in an easy-to-read, bullet-point style

• Gives practical, real-world examples of the successful diversity of hybrid learning programs

Overview

A call for the extension of hybrid learning urges that it become not just a quick fix or a boon for the bottom line, but an educational mode that reenvisions quality teaching and learning for the 21st century.

• Written in an easy-to-read, bullet-point style

• Gives practical, real-world examples of the successful diversity of hybrid learning programs, drawn from the author's personal hybrid teaching experience and interviews with faculty and students

• Includes specific examples of leading-edge applications, like the virtual world of Second Life and 3D web browsing with Exit Reality, which could inform successful hybrid course design

• Provides interesting and relevant anecdotes throughout

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313381577
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/31/2010
Pages:
179
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are Saying About This

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

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 ‘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."
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 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.

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

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."

Meet the Author

Jason Allen Snart, PhD, is associate professor of English at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL.

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