Examples of Successful Hybrid Classes

Research suggests that when facilitated effectively, online education can not only match, but also surpass traditional face-to-face learning (Means et al., 2010). The success of a hybrid class depends both on the quality of the design and the effectiveness of its delivery; do we knwo our learners, and have a clear and measurable learning objective? Are the learning materials organized ligically? And, is the design executed effectively as planned?

More successful examples will be added from Wichita State University faculty in the future; for now we are sharing the following successful hybrid classes from the University of Central Florida. Adopted from Blended Learning Toolkit

MAN-4350 – Training and Development

Dr. Kathie Holland
College of Business Administration, Management Department
Fourth year undergraduate course
Dr. Holland’s course focuses on training and development activities as performed by organizational specialists and covers theory, issues, practices, and problems. This course is designed to provide students with management knowledge and skills to develop workplace learning and performance of employees. By the end of the course, students will objectively evaluate and understand human resource development and performance improvement situations and determine the best course of action from a manager’s point of view.

Students learn through self-directed study of the text, online learning modules and assignments, classroom lecture, and extensive use of in-class and online participative activities such as teamwork, case studies, skill practice, etc.

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Illustration of Dr. Holland’s course
Integration between face-to-face and online environments

PHH 3700 – American Philosophy

Dr. Nancy Stanlick
College of Arts & Humanities, Philosophy Department
Third year undergraduate course
American philosophy is a thematic and chronological survey of philosophical, religious, and scientific developments in American thought, with primary focus on the American spirit of individualism and reform. It is a survey course and includes many figures and ideas in the history of American philosophy. American philosophy involves analysis of some major problems of philosophy as well as a historically arranged look at developments in and of American thought from the Colonial era to the present. The texts for the course focus on the themes of optimism, individualism, and reform in ethical, metaphysical, epistemological, and social/political contexts. There is potential disagreement surrounding the themes, and it is certainly possible to argue that American philosophy is NOT characterized specifically by those three things. The position of the editors and authors of the texts, however, is that it is possible to understand the history and problems of American philosophy through these three (as well as other) concepts.

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Illustration of Dr. Stanlick’s course

MAN3025 – Management of Organizations

Dr. Linda Putchinski (retired)
College of Business Administration, Management Department
Third year undergraduate course
Dr. Putchinski recently retired. One of the management courses she taught was an introduction to the theory and practice of managing formal organizations, including planning, organization theory, human behavior and control. Dr. Putchinski used several strategies to make sure her students came to class prepared so classroom time could be used to expand on the content and explore examples.

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Illustration of Dr. Putchinski’s course