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

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ABC-CLIO, 2010 - Education - 179 pages
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"Jason Snart makes a persuasive case that blended learningła hybrid of online learning and in-person classesłis 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

"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 those needs. Jason Snart's Hybrid Learning: The Perils and Promises of Blending Online and Face-to-Face Instruction in Higher Education helps us 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

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

"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 possibleła perspective that is both practical and balanced."-Jim Vanides Education Program Manager, Hewlett-Packard Office of Global Social Innovation

The Perils and Promise of Blending Online and Face-to-Face Instruction in Higher Education Jason Allen Snart Hybrid learning could be the new century's educational game changer. Combining online with face-to-face instruction, hybrid learning promises a best-of-both-worlds solution to higher education's acute problems of student retention, success, and engagement. Yet, in the absence of adequate faculty care and institutional support, hybrid learning can aggravate the very problems it is meant to address.

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 usełincluding online gaming, social networking, and other Web 2.0 applicationsłto 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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Contents

1 The Resistant Early Adopter
1
2 Challenges Facing Higher Education
7
The Bigger Picture
29
A Cultural Moment and Its History
55
5 Hybrids in Action
73
Trending to Community and Collaboration
111
7 A Resistant Early Adopter Argues for Hybridity
143
At a Glance What It Takes to Make Hybrid Learning Work
147
Notes
151
Index
169
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Jason Allen Snart, PhD, is associate professor of English at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. Dr. Snart is the author of The Torn Book: UnReading William Blake's Marginalia. He earned his PhD from the University of Florida.

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