Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Onsite Support for Hybrid Students
- Have you seen colleges do something like this successfully?
- If so, how did they do it?
- Alternately, have you seen an instructive crash-and-burn?
My department only offers hybrid classes paired with in-person labs, so I we don't have to worry about support for fully online classes.
Much like CCBioProf&HSBioT describes above, hybrid classes are ones where the lecture part is entirely on line but there is a one-hour recitation/discussion/problem session that is 100% active learning (no lecture). Exams are given in a test center (like a fully distance ed class) so no f2f time is wasted on testing. Those seem to fall between fully f2f and fully online classes, so your idea is a good one.
That said, we have a large center for learning that is like a giant office hour with both staff and sudent tutors. It is only for math, science, composition, and library reserach, but that covers a great deal of what we do on line. I don't know the degree to which on-line students use it in person (some of its services are provided online), but that could be promoted to hybrid students.
TL;DR: we didnt' do anything different. We just made sure that the tutors had the resources to assist these students.
Ditto on what LJL said to anonymous@5:55AM. The center for learning already has the necessary resources to assist online students when they are on campus (and some for both groups when they are at home), so the main thing is to get them to use it when they are on campus. The biggest challenge we see, which applies to on campus students as well, is that jobs and family commitments limit the time they have to do homework on campus. They often do not schedule classes so there is a gap between them that can be used to do homework and consult tutors.
Some of the resources we've developed for online students (our online writing lab) are actually used more by our face to face students. Students who take our orientation to online learning tutorial do betting in the courses in either mode (even when controlling for previous GPA)
We are fortunate that our administration appreciates these effort on their broader impact rather than the effect they have solely on online or hybrid classes.