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Can Hybrid Course Formats Increase Attendance in Undergraduate Environmental Science Courses?
A major problem for large-enrollment, introductory college courses in natural resources and life sciences is poor attendance. To ameliorate this problem, the authors of this article designed a hybrid course (part online, part face-to-face) to incorporate the advantages of online learning while retaining benefits of face-to-face instruction. They taught a hybrid introductory college science course (containing online assignments) simultaneously with a traditional lecture course (containing passive lectures). Completion rates of online homework were greater than attendance rates to passive lectures, and this difference increased with higher class rank. Results suggest that hybrid course formats might be effective for increasing student attendance, particularly upperclassmen, in introductory life sciences and natural resource courses.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Journal article
  • Educational theory and practice
  • Environmental science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2004, American Society of Agronomy.
DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-210
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education

Author: Samuel K. Riffell
Department of Zoology
Michigan State University

Author: Duncan F. Sibley
Department of Geological Science
Michigan State University