Hybrid Teaching Seeks to End the Divide Between Traditional and Online Instruction

Jeffrey R. Young, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Mar 19, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This discussion of blended learning - or as the Chronicle calls it, hybrid learning - is useful but is written as though the author has only just discussed online learning. Blended learning is introduced in that same eyes-wide-open style, despite the fact that it has been around for years: when WebCT was first introduced six years or so ago, for example, it designed to be used in what we would now call blended learning. That said, the article spends quite a bit of time touting the effectiveness of blended learning and gioving examples of campuses that have adopted the practice. But the article seems to confuse blended learning with a lot of other practices: reqauiring that students take a full course online isn't blended learning, for example. Nor is 'buffet style' course design intrinsic to blended learning. And blended learning isn't going to give your institution a large international market, since it does require some residency.
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