Hybridizing online learning with external interactivity

Donna MORROW, Richard Gordon BAGNALL

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One approach to hybrid learning is to hybridize online learning through recognizing and including external interactivity. This chapter examines that possibility. After reviewing the nature of interactivity and individual learner experience in online learning communities, it presents a recent study of interactivity in online professional development learning by practicing teachers. From that study emerges the importance and scope of external interactivity between the learner and his or her local community of colleagues, friends, and family in a learning community beyond the traditional online class. Building on that case study, and indications from the literature that its implications may be generalizable, the chapter suggests ways in which external interactivity can be recognized and included in the online learning environment – as a way of hybridizing on-line learning through its inclusion of learners’ interactive engagements in the external learning communities that they bring to their studies. Copyright © 2010 IGI Global.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of research on hybrid learning models: Advanced tools, technologies, and applications
EditorsFu Lee WANG, Joseph FONG, Reggie C. KWAN
Place of PublicationHershey
PublisherInformation Science Reference
ISBN (Print)1605663816, 406133181, 9781605663807, 1605663808, 9781605663814
Publication statusPublished - 2010


Morrow, D., & Bagnall, R. G. (2010). Hybridizing online learning with external interactivity. In F. L. Wang, J. Fong, & R. C. Kwan (Eds.), Handbook of research on hybrid learning models: Advanced tools, technologies, and applications (pp. 24-41). Hershey: Information Science Reference.


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