Hybrid learning environment (HLE) is a classroom- and computer-based environment that is an open system, allowing synchronous and asynchronous interactions and encounters with other participants. This paper assesses the learning effectiveness of students in HLE for two core MSIS courses at DSU. In conclusion, the results attest to the viability of HLE. In-class and video conferencing students get to benefit from the virtual classroom setting (supporting web-site, asynchronous communication via electronic discussion board and email, and the opportunity to review the recorded class), while Internet students get to benefit by reducing the anxiety and feeling of isolation through the opportunity to feel and experience the classroom setting. HLE affords alternative delivery mechanisms, thereby accommodating various learning models.
El-Gayar, O., & Dennis, T. (2005). Effectiveness of hybrid learning environments. Issues in Information Systems, 6(1), 176-182.