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Our Hybrid and Online Teaching Webinar Series is a part of our continued effort to support you and your campus community in your educational continuity. In this webinar, you will learn how Echo360 power users create quality learning experiences by engaging remote and online learners in ways that rival the in-class experience


Who Should Attend?
This series offers insights and best practices suited for an instructor, higher education administrator, lecturer, professor, instructional technologist, and more looking to create an engaging online and hybrid learning experience with video for your students.


Session: Beyond COVID—Providing Student Choice in Course Delivery with Hybrid Teaching
ORIGINAL AIR DATE: Wednesday, April 21 at 11:00 AM ET | 4:00 PM BT
Presented By: Dr John Drea, Professor of Business, Illinois College

It’s been a year since thousands of university faculty and millions of students made the largest adjustment in instructional delivery in history, moving mid-semester from the classroom to online delivery. As the dust is finally settling and the end of the “great transition” nears, higher education is exhaling a collective sigh of relief—but the next question facing most university faculty and administrators is: now what? What will student expectations be for hybrid teaching? For university leaders, the goal to safely open campuses for classes became an all-encompassing endeavor. Dr. John Drea offered the “Choice Model,” a hybrid approach that integrates in-person, synchronous Zoom broadcasts, and utilizes Echo360 video and student engagement tools. After implementing this approach for two semesters, it quickly became a popular innovation with students. In this webinar, you will learn, through Dr. Drea's experiences, why this model is applicable well beyond the pandemic:

  • Echo360 elevated the Choice Model from other hybrid approachesTo increase in-class and online engagement , Echo360 was used to ask questions during class time.
  • Student performance increased seven points on a comprehensive final exam in a section using the Choice Model over a section taught 100% in person a year earlier.
  • Students said they enjoyed having a choice between attending in-person or through Zoom, and the mean was 6.7 on a seven-point scale where seven is most positive.
  • 30 of 44 students ranked the hybrid “Choice Model” as their #1 preferred course delivery model, well ahead of 100% in-person instruction.
  • Attendance also increased from 85% in Fall 2019 to 93% in Fall 2020, since the many common reasons for not being in class (not feeling well, can’t get to campus, have to be out of town, etc.) were no longer barriers.

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                   Meet Your Presenter

John Drea, DBA, Illinois College 
Dr. John Drea is the Professor of Business at Illinois College. Prior to his current role, Prof. Drea spent 31 years in public higher education in teaching and administrative roles. He is the recipient of teaching and innovation awards from the Society for Marketing Advances, American Marketing Association, Marketing Management Association, and others. His research focus is professional sports ticket sales.