NOTE: The UMW Hybrid Project was completed in 2001 when this resource was originally introduced to MERLOT. It is detailed in the final section of the Hybrid Course Website which is worthy of review and obviously an outgrowth of the project. My description: The Hybrid Course Website is the special focus of the Learning Technology Center,University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. It is an outgrowth of the UMW Hybrid Project which was completed in 2001. It is divided into 6 main sections that deal with Hybrid Courses in general, Faculty Development, Student Preparedness, Teaching with Hybrid, various hybrid Resources, and lastly the UMW Hybrid project itself.
Type of Material:
web site with links & direct resources.
Useful information & ideas for anyone interested in practicing hybrid or blended teaching & learning or implementing such a program. To encourage faculty and students to embrace this method.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Provide information on research, best practices,and overall experience with teaching & learning in the hybrid environment. To introduce the reader practitioner to the value of hybrid models
Target Student Population:
Not only for faculty & faculty developers, but also for administrators & students. Large lecture classes of undergraduate students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Little, some, none or a lot of familiarity with online teaching & learning.
Includes a companion Website for Students. Presents a model faculty development program.Lessons Learned is highly informative. The content of the website goes a long way in establishing this new model as a means to accommodate existing or traditional formats with newer, online models.
There is a good amount of information to get you started.
Some redundancy in establishing links. In other words, at the end of the Ppt there is links page that can also be reached internally in the website.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Effective overviews, samples, and eye-witness reporting.
Lacking in really crucial specifics that earmark everyday applications.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Clearly designed & elegantly appealing web site. Easy to navigate.
Technical problems accessing the Hybrid Course Samples links.
Other Issues and Comments:
The hybrid model is really an outcome of using Blackboard or like ilk regularly unless the instructor is using that tool only for course management.
Any Discussion Board or Group Project now works within this realm. The difference here is that the instructor changes the face time or contact time to accommodate the online experiences. This bold step has great value for instructors out there who will need articles of this nature to help them muster the courage necessary to try something that breaks up their traditional "tried and true" methods. Especially, if they sense slippage in the "tried and true."
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