There has been a shift in education toward an online learning environment. Many courses that were once taught face-to-face are now taught via the internet. In 2010, over six million students were enrolled in at least one distance learning course (Lytle, 2011). Today we are looking to change a training that has been only mildly effective from a face to face course to a blended environment. Many people think that this is easy, but it is not.
Easy steps to creating a better hybrid course:
- Analyze (the problem, the learner, the first iteration)
- Create new content (not everything is transferable
- Focus on the objectives (not everything is relevant)
- Navigation (this could make or break your course)
- Communication (Talk to students often, create a real sense of community)
- Set high expectations
Always remember, teaching at a distance requires greater emphasis on the initial planning phase and maintenance throughout implementation (Simonson, et. al, 2012). One can only rely on the analysis and subsequent changes to create a perfect solution to fit the problem.