Best practices in Hybrid Course Design: A Quality Matters –Nationally Certified Graduate Public Health Course

Concurrent Session 7
Blended

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

The primary purpose of the following presentation is to showcase the design of a hybrid/blended graduate course in community and public health which is nationally certified (Quality Matters)- using best practices and research to actively engage the learners and meeting effective student learning outcomes.

Presenters

Amar Kanekar is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator for Health Education and Health Promotion at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His eleven years of teaching experience involves more than twenty-five different courses (undergraduate and graduate) in the areas of public health, health education and health promotion. Recipient of numerous teaching awards, his pedagogical techniques involve online –distance learning, hybrid and face to face courses with web enhancement using instructional technology such as synchronous and asynchronous student interaction. His research areas of interest focus on adolescent health, measurement in health education, global health, online and hybrid pedagogy and health behavior interventions. He currently serves on the Society for Public Health Education Ethics Committee and Editorial Board for the journal American Journal of Public Health . He also on the Review Board of the American Journal of Health Behavior and Journal of Health Education Teaching.

Extended Abstract

Faculty across the nation are experimenting with a variety of course designs such as traditional delivery design, fully online (distance learning), hybrid (blended), involving a mix of face to face instruction and a significant online component along with a ‘ web-enhanced’ design-involving a minimal or supplementary online component in their course delivery.  Hybrid course design-involves a blend of in-person instruction and a fully distance learning course delivery which reduces the ‘seat time’ of the learners in a brick and mortar institution. This blend is driven by variety of factors such as student characteristics, faculty experience, discipline, and developmental level. Previous research on the success of hybrid design has shown a mixed picture when compared to traditional learning.

The primary purpose of the following presentation is to showcase the design of a hybrid graduate course in community and public health which is nationally certified (Quality Matters)- using best practices and research to actively engage the learners and meeting effective student learning outcomes. Presentation will involve a ‘course tour’ showcasing the process and components of this design. The secondary purpose of this presentation is to share current research on ‘hybrid’ pedagogy and learning at higher education institutions and have an open dialogue with the participants on what works and what doesn’t in a higher education system. Finally, resources related to ‘hybrid’ course design, including best practices for applying pedagogy to public health practitioners will be shared with the participants.