HYBRID COURSE SHARING IN NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
Seven COPLAC campuses have received a grant from the Teagle Foundation to expand the range of curricular offerings and explore the educational value of sharing online and hybrid courses in the area of Native American Studies. The three-year grant (2014-2017) will allow participating institutions to test the appeal of regional and transnational courses in a hybrid environment and assess the student learning outcomes of this unique instructional format.
The shared courses in Native American Studies will come from a variety of academic departments and programs. The partner institutions will build a multi-campus community of faculty expertise and practice, develop and share courses that expand curricular options on each campus, and offer students the opportunity to study under faculty experts from other COPLAC campuses.
In addition to the online course component, enrolled students on each of the seven campuses will be mentored by home campus faculty members or partnered with home campus seniors majoring in American Indian Studies. This combination of online instruction and "on the ground" face-to-face advisement constitutes the unique hybrid nature of the course experience.