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Captivating The Crowd With Hybrid Teaching

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Technical Issues in Architectural Engineering II

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12.344.1 - 12.344.14



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Darrell Nickolson Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

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Captivating the Crowd with Hybrid Teaching


From What! Traditional Architectural Technology courses often consist of in-class sessions that compete for sparsely available class room space and force students to arrange their busy schedules around a predetermined time table. To alleviate this, and to embrace several new technologies, a new hybrid course in architectural technology is discussed herein. Hybrid courses are those that combine the traditional learning environment with distance education components. This paper discusses how this will allow students the freedom to use learning tutorials & lectures that have user controls to fast forward and rewind, group chats, and review exercises to assess their retention of the content.

To What! This paper discusses the transformation of an introductory Construction CAD Drafting course offered to both architectural technology and interior designer students. The course is designed to teach students the basics of composing electronic construction design documents while at the same time teaching them how to use Autodesk software, mainly Auto CAD and Architectural Desktop. Several innovative and interactive software programs were used, including Macromedia Captivate and Breeze Presenter, Inlet, Flash, & Oncourse CL. All these software packages in some form have the ability to disseminate information that gives students the ability to control the amount of content they receive in a period of time, and at the same time whenever and wherever.

Improved Pedagogy and Assessment Students are constantly immersing themselves in the latest and greatest technology, as evident on most college campuses they can be seen listening to their iPods, reading their smart phones, or logging in wirelessly with their laptop computers. The technology allows for faculty to reach students in a manner that is common to them. The success rate of this type of course while new, is already being felt at several universities around the country. For example Gordon Hensley states that two institutions, University of Central Florida and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have conducted examinations of hybrid courses, and their effectiveness. A noteworthy outcome from this examination, as Hensley points out, is the impact it had on faculty at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee: “almost universally report their students learned more in the Hybrid format than they did in the traditional class sections”.

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This paper will examine the process of using hybrid teaching applications in the disciplines of architectural technology and interior design. Unlike traditional distance education which solely relies on the use of electronic media to communicate all course content to and from the faculty and student, this hybrid course format relies partly on

Nickolson, D. (2007, June), Captivating The Crowd With Hybrid Teaching Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2689

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