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By Mary C. Breaden — April 01, 2008 1 min read
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Hybrid Lecture--Online Format Increases Student Grades in an Undergraduate Exercise Physiology Course at a Large Urban University

College instructors who use a hybrid approach that includes online learning and in-class lectures are likely to see greater achievement than those who only use a traditional in-class approach to teaching, a study by Brian K. McFarlin, an assistant professor of physiology at the University of Houston, suggests.

Mr. McFarlin instructed one kinesiology class using both in-class lectures and an interactive Web site, and another kinesiology class with identical material using only in-class lectures. He found that the final student grades in the hybrid class were about 10 percent higher than those in the traditional class.

The author gathered data from the final grades of his 658 students, with 346 in the traditional class and 312 in the hybrid class.

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