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Walk in an Instructional Designer's Shoes: Designing Hybrid Courses

William Egan (Penn State University, USA)
Session Information
July 7, 2015 - 4:30pm
Blended Models & Course Design
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Governor's Square 14
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Concurrent Session 3
Virtual Session

Step into the mindset of an instructional designer by experiencing the hybrid course design process.

Extended Abstract

At this stage, you are likely well aware of the research surrounding hybrid and blended learning. You have weighed all of the benefits and disadvantages and are convinced that instituting hybrid courses is right for you. You have an understanding of what hybrid learning entails and are confident that the implementation of a hybrid learning environment in your program or teaching can positively impact student learning.

So whats next? You may be thinking or asking one of the following questions:

- What does a hybrid course look like?
- How do you design a hybrid course?
- How do you transition an existing course to a hybrid format?
- What does the hybrid course development process look like?
- How would an instructor or instructional designer approach hybrid course development?

The goal of this presentation is to answer these questions and to step inside the minds of instructional designers to understand the thought process and mindset necessary to develop a quality hybrid course. Instructional designers partner with faculty to actively solve design issues and implement solutions that meet the learning goals of the course.

Derived from proven best practices and first-hand experience in designing hybrid courses, Instructional Designers will lead attendees through the development process of transitioning existing courses into a hybrid format. Using real courses, existing in both face-to-face and online environments as examples, we will examine the course structure on a macro level and then examine existing course activities to draft a plan for transitioning a course to a hybrid format.

This presentation is intended for instructors, instructional designers, and administrators interested in the process of hybrid course design. Attendees will be engaged throughout the presentation, as they become active members of the design team walking through and brainstorming possible strategies to transition courses to a hybrid format.

Through collaboration with fellow attendees and presenters, participants will gain confidence and practical experience to apply to the development of their own hybrid courses. This is a great opportunity to experience the hybrid course development process through the eyes of a design team!

Lead Presenter

Bill is an instructional designer with Penn State World Campus and works out of the Great Valley campus outside of Philadelphia, PA. Bill works with faculty to design and develop blended and online graduate level courses. Currently, Bill works with the Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER), MBA, and Engineering programs. Prior to working with Penn State, he was an educational technology and design specialist at a grade 6-12 cyber charter school in Pennsylvania. Bill earned his Master of Education (M.Ed) in Business Education from Bloomsburg University and his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh.