The Sloan Consortium (“a consortium of individuals, institutions, and organizations committed to online learning”), defines hybrid or blended courses as those in which 20-79% of the learning activities are available online and in which time spent in the classroom is reduced but not eliminated. There are also hybrid/blended programs which consist of a predetermined mixture of face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. In an online course or program, the majority of the learning activities and courses are online and time spent in the classroom is either completely eliminated or consists of only a few sessions.
Law students today have grown up in the world of the web and this “cross-platform” learning is natural to them. In response, instructors are moving beyond a course website which provides students with 24/7 content access to the integration of learning tools that expand the classroom itself, providing students with opportunities to engage interactively with the material and with each other outside of class time. These may include discussion, blogging, and the use of collaboration software.