Hybrid Delivery Classroom: A model designed to maximize the blending of technology and face to face instruction
Abstract: Over the past three years, UTCs Learning and Leadership Doctoral Program has reviewed, revised, and refined delivery methodology to build and enhance learning communities through an effective and efficient mix of both face-to-face and technology assisted instruction. Built on established models for communities of practice and inquiry, a new model illustrating the best practice components of hybrid learning is explored. Particular attention is given to: self-directed learning as it relates to adult learners, communities of inquiry, the positive learning effects of deeper socialization of communities of learners, and best practices in the use of the learning management system to create a true virtual classroom. This paper shares information about successes and opportunities for improvement learned over the past six years in our multi-disciplinary doctoral program delivered through both face-to-face and distance models.