Bringing Online Learning to Campus: The hybridization of teaching and learning at Brigham Young University

  • Gregory L. Waddoups
  • Scott L. Howell
Keywords: distance education, theological education, dual mode, hybridization


The primary purpose of Brigham Young University (BYU) is to provide students with a combination of sacred and secular education often described as the “BYU experience.” Achieving this purpose is challenged by the rapid growth in Church membership and an enrollment cap of 30,000 students. To address these challenges, BYU sponsors the use of technology to bridge the gap between the increased Church membership and the number of students allowed under the enrollment caps. This institutional case study shows how these challenges have influenced the hybridization of teaching and learning for on campus (resident) and off campus (distance) students. It also describes how BYU has brought distance education to campus, and is beginning to bring campus-based educational practices to distance education.

Author Biographies

Gregory L. Waddoups
Dr. Greg Waddoups has an interest in online and distance education and program evaluation. For the past five years, Greg has conducted evaluations in Web-based learning environments with a particular interest in using formative evaluation to help faculty and instructional designers construct effective Web-based learning environments. Prior to joining Brigham Young University (BYU), Prof. Waddoups conducted extensive evaluations of two online Master degree programs at the University of Illinois. He has presented numerous papers at professional conferences and his research has been published in several scholarly journals. Prof. Waddoups is currently responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of Web-based courses at BYU as well as courses at the University's satellite campuses in Idaho and Hawaii.
Scott L. Howell
Dr. Scott Howell is currently the Director of Brigham Young University's (BYU) Center for Instructional Design. He earned all three of his degrees from BYU: Bachelor's in Business Management (Finance), 1984; Master's in Community Education, 1985; and Ph.D., in Instructional Science in 1994. His employment at BYU began as a financial aid administrator, after which his position changed to Coordinator of Federal Programs in BYU's Admissions and Records Division. Prof. Howell then worked as an instructional designer and Assistant Director for Independent Study from 1992 to 1998. In 1998, Prof. Howell was made Director of BYU's new Bachelor of General Studies program. Six months later, he left BYU's Continuing Education Division to accept the position of Director of the University's newly formed Office of Course Development. In June 1999, BYU's Office of Course Development was merged with the Instructional Technology Center and some of the Department of Independent Study to form Center for Instructional Design.
How to Cite
Waddoups, G. L., & Howell, S. L. (2002). Bringing Online Learning to Campus: The hybridization of teaching and learning at Brigham Young University. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2(2).
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