Teaching Social Skills: Integrating an Online Learning System into Traditional Curriculum

Teaching Social Skills: Integrating an Online Learning System into Traditional Curriculum

Graham Bodie (Purdue University, USA), Margaret Fitch-Hauser (Auburn University, USA) and William Powers (Texas Christian University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-723-2.ch006
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Abstract

The ubiquity of instructional technology necessitates a more critical look at the theories that drive adoption and the practical implications of its usage. Blended learning has been offered as one compromise to fully online learning or strict adherence to traditional lecture-based instruction that seems outdated. A particular approach to blended learning is examined in the present chapter through the use of an online learning system. Concept Keys was developed to assist instructors of social skills in breaking down these abstract concepts into manageable units of information appropriate for daily delivery via email. This program is shown to be easily integrated into existing curriculum through two studies. A concluding section attempts to tie these studies together and suggests potential limitations and avenues for future research.

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