The Opportunity of Hybrid Learning


  • Michael Reynolds


In economics, the Laffer curve is a theoretical function that models how much revenue a government can raise through taxation. The curve suggests that if there are no taxes or 100% tax rates that a government will fail to raise income in either case. Obviously a 0% tax rate will raise no revenue but a 100% rate will also fail to raise revenue since people will have no incentive to work. The optimal amount of revenue is somewhere in between. Regardless of your own economic beliefs, I would suggest that there is also such a curve with respect to the amount of online content that is implemented in a course. The two extremes are clear, no online resources or a course done completely online with no face-to-face interaction. I believe neither extreme is optimal (though certainly not zero learning!) and that there must be some optimal value in between.




How to Cite

Michael Reynolds. (2010). The Opportunity of Hybrid Learning. Journal of Online Engineering Education, 1(2). Retrieved from