hybrid class achievement

So how do you know that instructional technologies promote greater student achievement and interaction? Well, you ask someone like University of Houston professor Dr. Brian McFarlin. He converted a large undergraduate kinesiology class (The Physiology of Human Performance) to a hybrid model that takes advantage of online components. He measured the involvement and performance of a traditional class in ’04-’05, and then compared that of the hybrid class in ’06-’07. Final grades were reported at 9.9 percent (one letter grade) higher in the second class, where students had more opportunity to access course content through several means: online delivery through a learning management system, digital media, and in-class response system (“clickers”) among other instructional technologies.

Read his article in Advances in Physiology Education and/or visit Dr. McFarlin’s website. He also has a webpage with links to many articles and blog entries about his study.

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