The Boston Globe recently profiled the increase of hybrid programs in colleges and universities that blend online and traditional learning. According to Globe Correspondent Joan Axelrod-Contrada, in order to balance the demands of work, family, and finances,
"many working professionals...are turning to flexible, part-time programs to advance, retool, or change careers without having to uproot families or quit jobs. Called 'hybrid,' 'blended,' or 'low-residency,' these programs aim to offer the best of both worlds: the flexibility of Internet learning with the face-to-face interaction of the college campus."
As the demand increases, more colleges and universities across the nation are offering hybrid programs that give students the opportunity for personal interaction and career networking while still allowing flexibility around work and family demands. By combining traditional learning and teaching techniques with technology learning solutions, hybrid learning has significant potential to improve learning outcomes. In fact, the Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported that even in MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) "those who worked on course material offline with a classmate or someone who teaches or has expertise in the subject did better than those who did not."
These results aren't surprising, especially given recent research on hybrid learning outcomes. Last year, a study by Ithaka S+R concluded that hybrid courses using computer-based instruction in concert with face-to-face instruction showed comparable learning outcomes to traditional classroom-based instruction alone.
With this in mind, Jones & Bartlett Learning has developed Navigate to transform how students learn and instructors teach by bringing together authoritative and interactive content aligned to course objectives, with student practice activities and assessments, study planning and remediation, and learning analytics reporting tools. Navigate empowers faculty and students with easy-to-use web-based curriculum solutions ideal for hybrid, online, or traditional classroom learning. Find out more about Navigate at www.jblnavigate.com.