Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Hybrid Pedagogy is a continuously-published, online journal “offer[ing] a new academic publishing model influenced by digital culture…[and] encourage[ing] participation in the composition and peer review of articles across disciplinary and professional boundaries. [They] use … “collaborative peer review,” in which members of the editorial collective engage directly with authors to revise and develop articles, followed by post-publication peer review. [The editors] invite experimentation and improvisation.” The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles as well as columns, editorials, podcasts, announcements, calls for proposals, cross-posted articles, and more.
Articles in the journal reflect this desire for experimentation and improvisation. The most recent article available at the time of this review, “Working in/at Public,” by Robin DeRosa, describes the author’s experience at the first Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute, held August 10-14, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin (Hybrid Pedagogy co-sponsors, with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute, a five-day practical institute that explores the role and application of digital pedagogy in teaching and scholarship). The author was a Fellow at the Institute, her attendance sponsored by Hybrid Pedagogy.
Another recent article, “Exploring Innovation,” by Michael G. Strawser, notes, “The 21st-century faculty member is faced with a challenging task. Content must be relevant, experiential, and engaging for the 21st-century learner…. Hybrid pedagogy has become an avenue for multifaceted instructional strategies and interactive instructional design theoretically enhancing the best of both the physical and virtual classroom spaces. As administrators clamor for relevance in an evolving education landscape, the concept of a learning space that combines the on-ground and online classroom is appealing. As an Instructional Designer for Online Projects, and an Assistant Professor, I have a stake in two camps. I am at once an “IT expert” (or that is what I keep hearing, whether or not it is true) and a faculty member. Within each role I have the opportunity to address a variety of audiences, primarily on the subject of teaching and learning.”
It is possible to search the journal; just be prepared for seemingly randomized results of a search, as the classification of articles is somewhat arbitrary. In fact, there is an omnipresent button on the site to “Random Article,” which pulls up just that, a random article. That may be the best way to explore this conglomeration of technical pedagogies. A journal sure to be of interest to virtual educators and educational technologists.