Rutgers Online Learning Conference

March 12, 2018
What Effect Does the Hybrid Class Format Have on Classroom Interactions?
Room 154

The hybrid (or blended) class model moves direct instruction out of the classroom by assigning course-content videos for homework. Rutgers University introduced its first hybrid mathematics course in the Spring 2015 semester. This study compared the hybrid section and one traditional format section taught by the same professor. To examine what effect the hybrid format had on in-person classroom interactions, the face-to-face meetings of the hybrid and the traditional section were analyzed using the Flanders Interaction Analysis Categories system. The hybrid class had a significantly higher percentage of student-initiated discourse and a lower percentage of direct lecturing than the traditional class. This indicates an active learning environment, with the professor being a facilitator to the students’ learning. A sample excerpt from the hybrid course transcript will illustrate both how students assist each other with the material and how the professor successfully becomes the ‘guide on the side’ to student learning.

Speaker Bio(s): 

Alice Seneres is the Director for Integrated Academic Support Programs at Rutgers University and is working towards her PhD in Mathematics Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She worked as a mechanical engineer for Hewlett Packard before entering higher education. She has taught mathematics full-time at the college level and received a Fulbright to conduct research in Mathematics Education in Germany for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Alice Seneres
Department Name: 
Learning Centers
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Event Date

RUOnlineCon 2018
12 March 2018
200 Atrium Drive

Somerset, NJ 08873

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Teaching and Learning with Technology - TLT supports Rutgers academic units University-wide in creating and delivering hybrid and fully online courses, and is heavily involved in both for-credit as well as non-credit online and hybrid education. Find out more.

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