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  • 2. Introduction As a blended learner you gain access to the best of both the face-to-face classroom as well as the distance learning environment; this access to instructor guided presentations, digital course materials, and web 2.0 collaboration technologies have been proved to enhance learner retention (Amaral & Shank, 2010). • To play the annotation click the speaker icon in the upper right of the screen.
  • 3. Software Tutorials • The online section of your course leverages Blackboard CourseSites as the CMS and many other technologies are utilized through the course. • Lynda.com and YouTube.com provide great tutorials that review the “how-tos” of various software applications in detail. • It is highly recommend you familiarize yourself with these websites due to the quantity of technological resources found in this course.
  • 4. Tips for Success as a Distance Learner • Have access to the proper hardware and software before the semester begins. • Battle procrastination; do requirements early. • Make time to do the work! • Carefully read the course material. • Complete all tutorials with the texts. • Complete any assignments in a neat and orderly manner. Keep copies of all materials submitted for grading (Lehigh Carbon Community College, 2013, para. 2). (Forsythe, 2012)
  • 5. Web 2.0 Technology Resources (Bowcutt, 2013) • Netiquette • Demonstration of knowledge of key concepts • Community building • Reflection • Consensus building • Critical thinking • Student leadership (TeacherStream LLC., 2009, p. 3)
  • 6. File Management • The cloud computing resources allow you to take notes and transfer files to any of your devices with the click of a button. • The blended learning environment is designed to provide access to course materials before your face-to- face classroom sessions; by leveraging cloud-based services you are able to take your course materials and notes with you anywhere you go (Amaral & Shank, 2010). (Administrator_cc6, 2013)
  • 7. Content Resources • As you continue to grow and expand your knowledge you may need to search for additional information. • The online section of the course highlights a few websites to assist you during your gem and jewelry related research and with writing your projects, assignments, and blog posts. (Weldon, 2013)
  • 8. Conclusion • The instructional staff is excited to start the semester and welcome you to the wonderful world of gemology; by incorporating Keegan’s (in Simonson et al., 2012) equivalency theory and Bandura’s (in Learning- Theories.com, 2013) social learning theory we have planned and developed a blended learning environment that will provide the benefits both face-to-face and distance learning. • The course is designed for you to interact with your peers, instructional staff, and course material on a deeper level in order to prepare yourself for lectures, assignments, and projects (Amaral & Shank, 2010). (Cartersville First Baptist Church, n.d.)
  • 9. References 1/2 • Administrator_cc6. (Photographer). (2013). Cloud Computing Datatrend. [Digital Image]. Retrieved from http://compucorps.org/wp-system/uploads/2013/08/cloud-computing- datatrend.jpg • Amaral, K. E. & Shank, J. D. (2010). Enhancing Student Learning and Retention with Blended Learning Class Guides. Educause Review Online. Retrieved from http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/enhancing-student-learning-and-retention-blended- learning-class-guides • Bowcutt, H. (Photographer). (2013). Playing By the Rules Netiquette. [Digital Image]. Retrieved from http://blog.kidsemail.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Playing-By-the-Rules- Netiquette.jpg • Byuicurdev. (2012, June 12). Discussion Board Netiquette [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwdqQjCfWSc • Cartersville First Baptist Church. (Photographer). (n.d.). Next Steps. [Digital Image]. Retrieved from http://www.cartersvillefirst.com/Portals/0/next-steps.jpg • Forsythe, G. (Photographer). (2012). Blended Learning Panel. [Digital Image]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/59217476@N00/7704609288/in/photolist-cJQ8Vb-ceHffo- 8KAGKc-fqjL68
  • 10. References 2/2 • Learning-Theories.com. (2013). Social Learning Theory (Bandura). Retrieved from http://www.learning-theories.com/social-learning-theory-bandura.html • Lehigh Carbon Community College. (2013).How to Succeed - Tips for Success as a Distance Learning Student. Retrieved from http://lccc.edu/academics/distance-education/how- succeed-tips-success-distance-learning-student?destination=node%2F742 • Lynda.com. (2012, February 3). Anyone can learn it | Lynda.com. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUbYc2x6Z44 • QuinStreet Inc. (2013). Netiquette. Webopedia. Retrieved from http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/N/netiquette.html • TeacherStream LLC. (2009). Mastering Online Discussion Board Facilitation. Edutopia. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/stw/edutopia-onlinelearning-mastering-online- discussion-board-facilitation.pdf • Weldon, R. (Photographer). (2013). More is More: Jewelry of Duquette & Wilkinson. [Digital Image]. Retrieved from http://www.gia.edu/cs/Satellite?blobcol=gfile&blobheader=image%2Fjpeg&blobkey=id&blobta ble=GIA_MediaFile&blobwhere=1355961291310&ssbinary=true