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The Handheld Hybrid

The Handheld Hybrid
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Author(s): Wendy Maboudian (Houston Community College System, USA) and Colin S. Ward (Houston Community College System, USA)
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 12
Source title: Handbook of Research on Instructional Systems and Technology
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Terry T. Kidd (Texas A&M University, USA) and Holim Song (Texas Southern University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-865-9.ch045


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Two professors implemented a hybrid pilot program for college preparatory English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. The development and integration of ESL hybrid courses presented pedagogical and technological obstacles that included computer access, learner attitudes and the need to develop online learner skills (computer skills, time management practice, a disciplined dedication to be online, and practice in meeting deadlines). Ward labeled the pilot courses “Handheld Hybrids” to describe the style and range of flexibility in the courses to accommodate students with little to no familiarity with computers or computer-based instruction. The handheld approach allowed for gradual instruction in computer-based coursework, which helped mitigate intimidation and foster student empowerment. Besides freeing adult students to care for their family and work needs, the hybrid courses also developed online learning skills students would need in order to successfully undertake other hybrid and distance education courses in the future.

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