The hybrid nature of the course grew out of
Murphey’s need to complete his academic year in Japan
before traveling to Hawai‘i. However, it also presented
the students, the TESL program, and HPU with unique opportunities
for learning. The hybrid design allowed HPU to attract a scholar
with a worldwide reputation for innovative teaching and gave
students a memorable experience.
The vision that made all of this possible came from former
Director of Instructional Media Services, Barbara Voigt,
who also coached
everyone through the distance- learning weeks. While the experiment
was not without its glitches, the consensus was that it was
worth the effort.
The hybrid nature of the course provided a laboratory in
which students could study the content of the course firsthand.
dynamics is an interdisciplinary field drawing on research
in psychology, sociology, business studies, and political
science, as well as education. Murphey co-authored a recent
explores how group dynamics affect learning in language classes.
In addition to extensive reading, students kept logs and
shared reflections about both their distance and classroom
They were able to see, in the most concrete of ways, how
group dynamics affects learning and will relate to their
The course ended as uniquely as it began. Professor and students
compiled, edited, and bound a collection of papers written
to fulfill various requirements of the class. Everyone
contributed something. They added background information
on the hybrid
data collected about their experience, and biographical
Anyone interested in a copy of TESL Working Papers should
see Dr. Ed Klein in FH 504-8.