Engaging Hybrid and Blended Learning in Higher Education

Hybrid and blended learning are relatively new approaches to utilizing disruptive technological innovations within educational environments. With increased pressure on higher education institutions to provide greater access to programs as well as reduce costs, a continually increasing number of universities and colleges have been embracing the role of distance education programs and online courses. Within the context of this pedagogical and technology tension, engaging hybrid and blended learning methods have emerged as a balanced approach to addressing a rapidly shifting landscape of higher education.

This edited collection will answer the following questions:

• How can we make hybrid and blended learning models more engaging and student-centered?
• How can we effectively implement, manage, and assess hybrid and blended learning environments?
• What are examples and best practices of hybrid and blended learning across disciplines?

This edited collection provides a comprehensive introduction to hybrid and blended learning and explores the role of emerging disruptive technological innovations within academia, presenting a wide range of cross-disciplinary research in an organized, clear, and accessible manner. It will be informative to higher education scholars and administrators seeking to understand the role and implementation of hybrid and blended learning in response to a shifting higher education landscape.

Teaching Online: Stories from Within

Teaching Online: Stories from Within has captured the narratives of fifteen post-secondary instructors who currently teach online. It is a pan-Canadian sample of those who step into the depths of cyber-space and reveal their own personal insights about the world of online education in a manner that enables readers to access answers to some of the current questions concerning e-learning. Admittedly, education is vital to personal growth and understanding the world around us, but this education may simply be economically out of reach for those who live too far from the course and school where they would like to study. Online education is a potential solution, but how does one know if this is the right fit for them? This peer-reviewed book provides some insight into the trials and tribulations of online teaching and learning that may enable those people to make an informed decision. As the medium evolves and innovation drives possibilities, online post-secondary education may begin to meet wider needs.