Rick Lillie is planning an interesting experiment this fall. He will teach 3 sections of the same class, using various methodologies to see their effect. Traditional (lightly blended learning) vs. 2 online learning scenarios. He'll post info and results this fall.

From Rick's post:

Since mid-June, I have been teaching a course for UCLA Extension that uses new eLearning courseware.  This has been a very interesting project in that it involves interaction between three learning/delivery resources (i.e., Blackboard, my course website, and eLearning courseware).

In September, this project will move into its next phase.  I will teach three sections of the class.  Two sections will be at CalState and one section will be at UCLA Extension.

  • One class section will be taught in a somewhat traditional format (i.e., classroom delivery supported by my website and virtual office hours).
  • One class section will be taught in an online format using Groove as the learning management system, eLearning courseware, my course website, and virtual office hours.
  • One class section will be taught in an online format using Blackboard as the learning management system, eLearning courseware, my course website, and virtual office hours.

All three sections will follow the same class schedule, cover the same content, and take the same quizzes and examinations.  The research design includes several interesting variables.  I will write about this project as the Fall Quarter 2003 unfolds.

Thanks to Bruce Landon for the link!