Hybrid learning continues to be on the rise in higher education. Campus Technology’s (2017) nationwide survey reported that 73% of higher education faculty respondents teach blended courses. Research showed that professional development is crucial to prepare faculty to teach hybrid courses and a high-quality training program is required to maximize success in hybrid learning.
NOVA is no exception in the hybrid learning trend. NOVA Online (formerly Extended Learning Institute/ELI) has been offering an online training program on hybrid pedagogy to prepare faculty for developing and teaching hybrid courses for years. From Spring 2016 to Fall 2017, 304 faculty members completed the hybrid certification workshop, and 184 faculty participants completed the online workshop evaluation survey with a response rate of 61%. Survey results reported a great learning experience, high faculty satisfaction, and a successful training program. Faculty made many positive comments on the convenience of the online format, the instructor’s facilitation skills and constructive feedback, peer learning opportunities, preparedness, and confidence gained through the training program.
Dr. Hong Wang, Associate Director of Instructional Technology Training, who facilitates and manages the hybrid training program, recently presented An Institution’s Training Program on Blended Learning: Development, Innovation, and Impact, at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Convention in Kansas City. Wang discussed how the training development — guided by adult learning theory, integrated peer learning, project-based learning, and authentic learning into the online course innovated for problem-solving and a better product; and its impact on faculty learning.
Wang, in collaboration with Dr. Bo Yang, Instructional Support Specialist, also presented at the conference. The co-presentation A Community of Practice: Promoting Effective Practices in Teaching Blended Courses shared their collaborative initiative to support Woodbridge Campus faculty teaching hybrid courses in Spring 2018 through a series of onsite conversational seminars.
Individuals need a space to learn and grow. Each program needs support and collaboration from all stakeholders to succeed. Special thanks to Dr. Steve Sachs, Vice President of Instructional and Information Technology, and Dr. Jennifer Lerner, Associate Vice President for e-Learning, for their strong support since its very beginning; Michelle Gee, College Blackboard/Canvas Administrator, for her outstanding support for all the online training sessions; Trace Main, Associate Director of Organizational Learning and Development, and Chanee Singkarlvanich, Organizational Learning and Development Specialist, for their great support related to NOVA Academy; and Michael Colonna, Technology Training Manager, and Boris Reinosa, Web/App Developer, for their collegial support related to the new online registration system. In addition, thank you to Dr. Sam Hill, Provost, WO; Dr. Kathy Bohnstedt, Dean of Learning and Technology Resources; Dr. Jennifer Lerner, Associate Vice President for e-Learning; and Dr. Preston Davis, Director of Instructional Services. Kudos to all NOVA faculty who dedicated their time and efforts to completing hybrid training to maximize student learning in hybrid courses.
AECT is the most recognized association in educational technology aimed at improving teaching and learning through technology. It provides international leadership by promoting scholarship and best practices in the creation, use, and management of technologies for effective teaching and learning.