|As a result of technological advances in
society, the options for learning in and outside the classroom have
broadened tremendously. There have been a lot of arguments about the
advantages and disadvantages of the use of such technologies in the
classroom. One major argument seems to be focused on the results from
hybrid classrooms compared to the traditional setting. Hybrid classrooms
incorporate characteristics of both the traditional and online classroom
settings. Traditional classroom teaching consists mostly of face-to-face
lectures given by teachers. Both sides have made valid points in the past,
but this argument is ongoing. From our experience, hybrid classrooms seem
to have the most beneficial results. In an article titled "Wiring the
Classroom," Stannie Holt of InfoWorld claims, "Along the way, computers
are changing the typical classroom from a traditional factory-like model
into something more open, flexible, and self-guided, with multiple sources
of information and autority." With the combination of World Wide Web
access and face-to-face interaction, hybrid classrooms give the student
the best of both worlds. |
| In traditional classrooms, lecture is the main
form of learning. One characteristic of traditional learning is: The
student is forced to be in the same time day in and day out (Silver 50).
However, students have the advantage of having face-to-face interaction
with the teacher which enhances their classroom experience. "Good
learning...is collobarative and social, not competitive and
isolated" (Black 1). Teachers feel that they can assess their students
better through weekly interaction in the classroom. |
The hybrid classroom incorporates characteristics from both the tradtional and the online classroom: "In the ideal, hybrid courses offer educators the best of both worlds" (Black 2). Hybrid Classrooms are able to have access to the Interned in order to enhance the learning process. Students have the benefit of having both face-to-face interactions along with having assignments available to them online at anytime. For example, students may meet in class only one day a week along with meeting in an online chat room for the other two days of class. The hybrid classroom is a new approach to teaching. According to Dr. Genie Black, "Students receive the benefit of face-to-face interaction with faculty and students while at the same time being exposed to web-based learning paradigms such as virtual real-time information maps, pictures, streaming video and audio clips."
Many teachers see the faults in both traditional and hybrid classrooms. Yet, more advantages seem to emerge from the hybrid types of classrooms as opposed to the traditional type.
"In a lot of repects, hybrids are simply necessary. In language departments, it can be quite succesful to combine face-to-face with online delivery, to practice conversation in a more authentic way" (LeBlanc).
think that Web Ct Classes are more beneficial because I can access my
assignments even if I miss class."|
don't think that either one is more beneficial."|
like going to the traditional classroom because I feel more connected to
like the traditional classroom because I take better notes that
||"I enjoy classes that are online because I know that the material is always available to me."|
don't like to use computers much because I am not computer savvy. So if I
had to choose, I prefer tradtional settings.|
think that it depends on what kind of class it is. If it was an English
class then going to a traditional classroom is better. If it is a
technology related class then the hybrid classroom would help me learn so
like going to the tradtional classroom because I like the idea of sharing
views and ideas in the classroom itself."|
like the hybrid classroom because it gives me the leisure to get my work
done at my convenience."|
prefer hybrid classrooms because I work in order to pay rent. Sometimes I
have to miss classes from time to time. Online classes would be great
classrooms are my favorite because I know if I had to learn Spanish only
over a computer I wouldn't be able to comprehend some of the rules and
skillds used to learn the language."|
don't have a preference."|
think that hybrid classrooms are the way to go because it is so much more
|Analysis Of Survey:
|Seven women and six men were
Five people preferred traditional classrooms. Two of them were men and three were women.
Five people preferred the hybrid classrooms. Three were women and two were men.
Three people had no preference. Two women and one man.
The environments of the students did not seem to alter their perspecitives of the hybrid and the traditional classroom. After analyzing the results, three students from larger cities preferred the hybrid classroom as opposed to two students from larger cities preferred the hybrid classroom as opposed to two students from the city preferring the traditional settings. Where as, three srudents from the more rural areas preferred the traditional classroom compared to two individuals from other rural areas preferring the hybrid methods. The accessibility of computers did not greatly affect the influence of technology in the life of the students.
epic question about this article is to show whether students prefer the
hybrid setting of learning compared to the traditional classroom. As
you can see in our survey, it is proven that the choices falls on
individual basis and it does not really matter what background or
enviroment you come from. Speaking from experience, we believe the hybrid
classroom carries more advantages as opposed to the traditional classroom.
However, we cannot say that the hybrid method will always lead to stronger
learning, but it seems inevitable that the hybrid method will takeover in
the future. |
We found out during our research that learning through listservs, information-sharing software packages, interactive videos, or desktop video conference does not guarantee excellence in student learning , but it gives the individual options on when and how they want to learn. Whereas traditional setting restricts the type of learning and environment a student experiences."There are great differences in the ways in which people construct knowledge, and there are equally large differences in the ways in which knowledge is constructed in different domains"(Chi & Ceci, 1987). Research has showed that the preference between hybrid and traditional classrooms falls upon the choice of the individual. Hybrid classrooms are the future and eventually it will prove to more effective than traditional setting of learning. However, if hybrid classroom is found to be an hinderer learning method in the future, then we must take another look at our choice and conduct a more thorough investigation in what we are advocating.