Courses that combine classroom and online learning are called hybrid or blended. Hybrid online courses at Lehman are taught both online and in the classroom. Hybrid courses are like regular courses in that they have a class meeting schedule, and the hybrid course often begins as a regular in-person classroom course would. Usually the teaching and learning are evenly split between in-class at Lehman and online, but a typical in-person course can use nearly all its 14 weeks in the classroom and have some elements online in Blackboard too.
Courses taught online are either taught in asynchronous or synchronous modalities. Cognitive participation is found to be more prevalent in asynchronous online learning as it describes a more reflective type of participation appropriate for discussions of complex issues. In his study of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning methods Stefan Hrastinski discovered that each supports different purposes: synchronous e-learning better supports personal participation and asynchronous e-learning better supports cognitive participation.
In the Lehman model for a totally online course, the students meet face to face once at the beginning of the semester to become familiar with the course requirements and to meet the instructor. Usually there is only one class meeting, but no more than 4 of the 14 weeks in a semester are taught in class. The rest of the course happens online in an asynchronous format. All discussions, project presentations, delivery of assignments, group work and even tests can occur in the course site. For more on these delivery formats see this article on asynchronous and synchronous e-learning.
Last modified: Oct 13, 2011