Hybrid Learning Model: Best Practice in Doctoral Level Learning
Tuesday, October 9 3:05-3:25 PM Location: Salon Hemon
Presider: Dustin Bessette, American Meridian University, United States
Abstract: With recent interest in communities of practice, critical inquiry, and learning communities; and the increasing global use of online instruction, we have developed, implemented and begun to analyze the relationship of community and cohorts facilitated by hybrid instructional and assessment methodologies. This paper shares successes and opportunities for improvement learned in our multi-disciplinary doctoral program delivered via both face-to-face and distance models. During the period of study we have tested and modified delivery methodology to enhance development of learning communities while maintaining focus on an effective and efficient mix of instruction. Attention is given to self-directed learning as it relates to adults, communities of inquiry, and positive learning effects of deeper socialization of communities of learners. Built on established models for communities of practice and inquiry, a new model illustrating best practice components of hybrid learning is introduced.