Title: STEP on connected classroom climate in a hybrid learning environment

Authors: Juan Xu; Harrison Hao Yang; Jason MacLeod

Addresses: Department of Linguistics, Communication University of China, Beijing 10024, China ' School of Educational Information Technology, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China; Department of Curriculum and Instruction, State University of New York at Oswego, USA ' School of Educational Information Technology, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China

Abstract: This study provides a best-practice model for addressing the connectedness of a hybrid classroom and explores the effectiveness of connected classroom climate from the students-to-student perspective. Based on the connected classroom climate inventory, research findings suggest the connected classroom climate in hybrid classrooms can be equal to or greater than traditional face-to-face classrooms. Course implementation is discussed and recommendations for design characteristics are proposed for elevating student connectedness in hybrid classroom contexts.

Keywords: connectedness; connected classroom climate; student perception; student-to-student; STEP model; hybrid; blended; classroom; comparison; Google.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2018.092037

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2018 Vol.23 No.4, pp.430 - 443

Received: 07 Dec 2016
Accepted: 04 Feb 2017

Published online: 28 Mar 2018 *

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