Settings for Learning

We have been learning about three setting for learning: Face to Face, Hybrid and Online.

Face to Face is the traditional form of teaching with an instructor and a group of students and is held in a classroom. The instructor prepares a lecture and presents the material to the students. The instructor is in charge of the classroom and the material presented to the students. The instructor serves as the communicator of information – actually teaching the material to the students; direct instruction. “Direct instruction is more like the lecture format in that the instructors tell learners what they need to know and what they ought to do” (Bates, C. & Watson, M. , 2008).  The environment is face-to-face and means the instructor is working directly with the students.



The Hybrid setting is a combination of Face to Face and online setting. Hybrid classes typically meet once a week in a classroom setting and the remaining instruction/classes are held online.  With hybrid learning technology is introduced to both the instructor and students but will not be used entirely.   This combination can be viewed by some as preferred combination. “The best of both worlds learning environment model is the web-enhanced, or hybrid, learning environment, in which the predominantly face-to-face model connects the learners in a cooperative, interactive environment that offers online interactive activities” (Crawford, Smith & Smith, 2008).

In the Online learning setting classes are held completely online. The online professor becomes the coach or facilitator. The course design is completely different since classes do not meet face to face. Lessons and materials are provided to students via a web based online learning system. “The third (online) learning environment is the implementation of a web-based learning environment also known as distance education or online learning. Engaged entirely online, learners in web-based learning environments lack the traditional support structure inherent within a face-to-face environment” (Crawford, Smith & Smith 2008). The online instructor is not directing the instruction as with face to face. The instructor leads the students in the direction that is required for the curriculum. This type of instruction is referred to guided discovery. “In guided discovery strategy, students learn on their own by observing the phenomena, asking questions, allowing time for inquiry , or conducting activities and experiments followed by feedback” (Bates & Watson, 2008).

We also have been learning about the various teaching techniques that work best in these settings. A great website to refer to for an explanation of the techniques is: MERLOT Pedagogy:  An example of a teaching technique is collaborative/cooperative learning. Collaborative/cooperative learning is as defined by MERLOT: “cooperative and collaborative learning are instructional approaches in which students work together in small groups to accomplish a common learning goal. They need to be carefully planned and executed, but they don’t require permanently formed groups” (MERLOT Pedagogy).   I will be using this type of learning approach in my learning activity for the course.

The learning activity proposed for the final project is a video loop presentation that will be created by students. The content and purpose of the video is to inspire students academically via the visual presentation. The video will be displayed continuously on a TV monitor screen in the Academic Affairs office, which can be viewed by students, faculty and staff. The video can be displayed in other locations such as the college’s cafeteria and the various lounge areas throughout the campus. This concept would be new and different for the Academic Affairs office, since the equipment does not currently exist. Additionally the video loop presentation does not exist and will require the students to be creative and inventive. Collaborative and cooperative learning is ideal for this type of activity.


This is my office.  Back wall is where TV would be placed.


My learning activity will involve students designing a video and the theme of the video presentation is academic inspirations. I would like the students to come up with concepts, ideas, situations, examples that will “inspire” students to achieve academically. We will start with brainstorming ideas that inspire a student to perform better. What ideas do you have? What inspires you to do better academically???


Bates, C. and Watson, M. (2008). Re-Learning Teaching Techniques to be Effective in Hybrid and Online Courses.  Journal of American Academy of Business. 12, 1; page 38.

Crawford, C., Smith, R. & Smith M. (2008).   Course Student Satisfaction Results: Differentiation Between Face-to-Face, Hybrid, and Online Learning Environments. CEDER Yearbook, 135-149.

Merlot Pedagogy (1997-2014).


About deborahcrowley

I work as an Administrative Assistant in the Academic Affairs office at Becker College in Worcester, MA.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Settings for Learning

  1. egatison says:

    Inspiration is what drives us all to want to do better. It keeps us driven and focused. I’d have to say that one of the things that helps to keep me inspired with continuing on my educational journey is knowing that I will be the first in my immediate family to obtain a graduate degree. Also, another inspiration for me is the excitement of wanting to start the next chapter in my life. One where my fiance and I will get married and make the journey towards growing in our professional fields together.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s