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Implications of Incorporating Synchronous Video Conferencing Into Blended Course Design

Penn State University is diving deeper into possible learning environments that incorporate a blending of video conferencing-based face-to-face class sessions with their online, out-of-class work. Penn State has used robust Polycom classrooms and WebEx to deliver the "in-class" portions of its blended courses to meet the needs of state's adult learner population. Evidence in the form of student and faculty testimonials will show this delivery method's effectiveness.  
This session will present the impact on course development and implemented pedagogical principles associated with this type of blended course. The ideas presented will be independent of the video conferencing tools used. 
The focus of the presentation is primarily on how the video conferencing medium influences the in-class instruction and a greater need for student engagement during class and online. Ideas and tools for communication and collaboration will be presented, as well as best practices when using video conferencing technology to deliver synchronous class sessions within a blended format. Also, as our focus will be on blended courses, we will demonstrate methods of presenting content and establishing collaboration online that flow into and out from student-centered face-to-face class sessions.
John Haubrick, Penn State World Campus
Joe Scott, Penn State World Campus
Joe is an instructional designer with the Penn State World Campus and Penn State Altoona where he works with instructors to develop resident, blended, and online courses. Before this job as an instructional designer, Joe spent 9 years teaching in a  K-12 setting.
John is an instructional designer with the Penn State World Campus where he works with instructors to develop blended and fully online courses. Prior to this job he was a high school mathematics teacher for 13 years as well as the mathematics curriculum coordinator for the school district. John also teaches as an adjunct statistics professor for Penn State.