CTL's Hybrid Course Research

More and more classes at UWG are exploring the use of online tools to enhance learning or the management of face-to-face courses. Some classes are being taught in blended or 'hybrid' settings that combine on-line and in-class learning activities. The Center for Teaching and Learning offered a group of faculty members a laptop and a stipend, to investigate what works well in blended courses and to share what is learned with other faculty members in the upcoming year.

Over the '06-'07 academic year, the Center for Teaching and Learning will sponsor four sessions, at each of which two of the participants will present their findings, demonstrate how they will use the materials in their classes, and lead a discussion. See the central Faculty Training Calendar for upcoming sessions: http://www.westga.edu/~training/

Presentations as well as identified resources for use by other faculty members, are provided below:

Dr. Li Cao

Counseling & Ed Psych Department

Dr. Anne Gaquere

Chemistry Department

Dr. Cao compared the traditional class with the blended class on students' classroom achievement, over a a five year period here at UWG. He found a significant difference in that students in the blended class outperformed their counterparts on the course's comprehensive final exam but not on the course midterm. He shared possible reasons and future considerations ... [Presentation]

Dr. Gaquere demonstrated the utility of web based components as instructional aids. She explained how requiring online pre-tests before face-to-face sessions, results in more meaningful classroom discussion. She uses web exercises and simulations to expose students to topics and experiments that otherwise would not be possible in the traditional classroom...

Dr. Rita Tekippe

Art Department

Dr. Larry Schor

Psychology Department

Dr. Tekippe demonstrated web based videos, using Camtasia studio. Dr. Tekippe took short snippets from a video describing the structure and building of Roman Catholic cathedrals. The videos allowed students to actually see (animation) the cathedrals being built and provided commentary about the history of the cathedrals. The online videos are good because it eliminates class time usage and allows the students to have a visual aspect.

 

Dr. Schor presented examples of blended instruction utilizing WebCT in two recent classes. His Disaster Mental Health course included undergraduate and graduate students and utilized WebCT to facilitate collaborative research and group projects. His Counseling Theories course required students to share all of their written work with each other. Dr. Schor discussed some of the ways in which online components can favorably influence relationships between students.