Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Distance Education and Online Education Mix with Face-to-Face

More varied learning, teaching structures.
#vwwt2000 Predctn7

PREDICTION #7 OF 20 from year 2000
Still likely?

Mixtures of online and face-to-face education will become more common than programs that offer either one alone. The most widely used patterns will be:

  • Courses in which students meet face-to-face with each other and the teacher(s) some of the time and in which they are also assigned combinations of group work and independent work including a variety of media and tasks; e.g., electronic mail, the Web, new technology applications, books, writing papers, science labs, etc. 
  • Programs or sequences of courses, in which some of the courses include regularly scheduled face-to-face group meetings of students with faculty, and some of the courses do not. The latter may be completely “distant” and asynchronous, or may include some live communications at a distance.
See also: "Hybrids always win!" in "Face-to-Face vs. Online: Over-Zealous Extremophiles vs. Hyper-Romantic Luddites"

- 7th of 20 predictions from "A New Vision Worth Working Toward: Connected Education and Collaborative Change," Steven W. Gilbert, 2000-2006, First version published via AAHESGIT listserv January, 2000; PDF of full article

Image: Photo of sphinx

"Description: Sfinx från Lunds Universitet, i Botaniska trädgården. Den här sfinxen saknar näsa och höger vinge. Date 20070322 Source Own work Author Carl Lindström"
By Carl Lindström (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

1 comment:

  1. I still agree wholeheartedly that hybrid courses are the future! My blended course in 2004 was so successful that I have been using that model ever since, both in my volunteer work in an elementary school and with groups of seniors.

    I think students feel more a part of the class when they have a chance to meet with each other and with the teacher from time to time, but for many the real learning happens during interaction with the online course materials and through thoughtful online discussions.

    You were very prescient in your prediction!


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