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Education Research International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 430732, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/430732
Research Article

Transforming a Course to Blended Learning for Student Engagement

1Operations Management and Information Systems Department, College of Business, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115, USA
2Office of Student Engagement & Experiential Learning, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115, USA

Received 2 September 2014; Accepted 19 November 2014; Published 9 December 2014

Academic Editor: Cathy H. Qi

Copyright © 2014 Charles E. Downing et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The rising costs of higher education, along with the learning styles and needs of modern students, are changing the instructional landscape. Students of today do less and less well in the “lecture only” format, and staffing this format with live faculty is extremely expensive. MOOCs and other technology-heavy options are low cost but quite impersonal. Blended instruction has promise, with the ultimate goal of cost-efficient student engagement. This paper reports on a major course transformation to achieve student engagement in a large, formerly lecture-only course. The resulting blended-learning course features clickers, web-based operationalization of students helping students, media-rich interactive online materials, event credit, and newly added student-produced video tutorials. Results show that the addition of the student-produced video tutorials increased the student engagement in the course.