Tools and Method to Implement an Effective Hybrid Course

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This presentation proposes six steps to design an effective distance education course in the hybrid modality. During this presentation we will describes the characteristics of Millennial students, define Distance Education, show you the steps of how to implement the hybrid course effectively and recommend some tools available online.

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Tools and Method to Implement an Effective Hybrid Course

  1. 1. Tools and Method to Implement an Efective Hybrid Course University of Puerto Rico in Humacao Dr. Walter López Moreno [email_address]
  2. 2. Introduction This course proposes six steps to design an effective distance education course in the hybrid modality. During this presentation we will describes the characteristics of Millennial students, define Distance Education (DE), show you the steps of how to implement the hybrid course effectively and recommend some tools available online.   To complete this course follows these instructions: First take few minutes to answer a pre-test. Second read the course presentation. Third take the post-test.
  3. 3. Net or Millennials Generation <ul><li>It is predicted that 2010 will be the peak year for Millennials to enter college. </li></ul><ul><li>More than 80 percent of the fall 20 10 student population will be Millennials . </li></ul><ul><li>In 2012, Millennial student enrollment will increase by 93.5 percent . </li></ul><ul><li>E nrollment of students from other generations will decrease by 50.2 percent . </li></ul><ul><li>( National Center for Education Statistics ) . </li></ul>
  4. 4. Characteristics of Millennials <ul><li>They are optimistic and engaged. </li></ul><ul><li>They are skeptical of authority figures. </li></ul><ul><li>This generation is motivated, goal and team -oriented, assertive and confident . </li></ul><ul><li>They are in constant contact with peers via cell phones, ipod and computers. </li></ul><ul><li>They have only two answers to any question: yes or no </li></ul><ul><li>They are focused on achievement rather than personal development. </li></ul><ul><li>They are used to filling every hour of the day with scheduled activities. </li></ul><ul><li>They report high levels of stress and anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>For them everything is normal </li></ul><ul><li>They are more respectful of adults than generation X </li></ul><ul><li> ( N . Howe and W . Strauss 2000) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Researchers suggestions for meeting the needs of Millennial students: <ul><li>Develop campus rituals and traditions to build sense of community; </li></ul><ul><li>Explain issues such as academic integrity, intellectual ownership, cheating; </li></ul><ul><li>Provide clear expectations, detailed instructions and explicit syllabus; </li></ul><ul><li>Offer mental health counseling and support; </li></ul><ul><li>Provide time management, study skills and conflict resolution training; </li></ul><ul><li>Plan opportunities for parental involvement; </li></ul><ul><li>Offer career planning that stresses the long term over the short term; </li></ul><ul><li>Provide internship opportunities; </li></ul><ul><li>Provide cutting-edge technology, interactive web services and an infrastructure for virtual communities; and </li></ul><ul><li>Offer additional technological support for Millennials who are first-generation students. </li></ul>
  6. 6. ¿What is Distance Education? <ul><li>“ Is t he process of extending learning t o locations away from a classroom, building or site, to another classroom, building or site by using video, audio, computer, multimedia communications, or some combination of these with other traditional delivery methods.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The Instructional Technology Council, ITC definition </li></ul>
  7. 7. E -Education Modalities <ul><li>Complemented Course </li></ul><ul><li>Hybrid course </li></ul><ul><li>Completely on line </li></ul>
  8. 8. Complemented Course <ul><li>Includes course descriptions, study guides, communication tools and other electronic resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can access additional information to complement presential activities. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Hybrid course <ul><li>S ome traditional face-to-face classroom presentations ha ve been replaced by online learning activities . </li></ul>
  10. 10. Completely On line <ul><li>Presen t ial component does not exist. </li></ul><ul><li>The whole interaction with facilitator, students, content, learning activities, asses s ment, evaluation and support services are offered online . </li></ul>
  11. 11. ¿What do we need to be effective ? Interest Confidence Knowledge of the available technology Good communication: synchronous and asynchronous Time Creativity Motivation
  12. 12. Step 1 Create a Homep age.
  13. 13. What is a Homepage ? A homepage (also known as a start page) is the opening page for a given web site. If someone types in your URL in an internet browser, your homepage will be the default page that opens up.
  14. 14. Example of my HOMEPAGE University of Puerto Rico Welcome to the Homepage of Select a Course
  15. 15. Steps 2 Creat e the electronic module.
  16. 16. ¿ What is an Electronic Module ? <ul><li>Is a material designed to facilitate learning with readings, examples, demonstrations and exercises. It allows a sequence of flexible learning using multimedia elements, texts, images, sounds, graph ics , video and virtual manipulatives. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Recommended module structure <ul><li>Initial page with a simple module title </li></ul><ul><li>Table of content with h y perlinks </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>General Objective and specific Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Instructions of how to use the Module </li></ul><ul><li>Glossary of Terms </li></ul><ul><li>Historical fact s </li></ul><ul><li>Utility </li></ul><ul><li>Theory – Examples – theory - More examples </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise to promote w riting skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Summary – A test - Summary of the concepts </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul>
  18. 18. Step 3 Use a Platform.
  19. 19. What is a Virtual Platform ? <ul><li>Also known as a Virtual Learning Environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Is a set of software and flexible services that provides the cybernetic space to facilitate information, learning and communication. </li></ul>
  20. 20. The virtual platforms offer s tools: <ul><li>To facilitate learning, communication and c ollaboration. </li></ul><ul><li>2. To manage the course. </li></ul><ul><li>3. To design the user interface . </li></ul>
  21. 21. Moodle Platform at MOODLE.COM
  22. 22. Blackboard Blackboard Platform at BLACKBOARD.COM
  23. 23. Steps 4 Combine the available online tools .
  24. 24. TOOLS Get familiarize with each of the following tools. At the top of the page you will see the Internet address.  
  25. 25. WIZIQ.COM is a virtual classroom
  26. 26. FACEBOOK.COM is an excellent tool to interact with your students
  27. 27. To create blogs: WORDPRESS.COM
  28. 28. To create BLOGS: EDUBLOGS.COM
  29. 29. To make Your Own Media Newspaper: NETVIBES.COM RSS es un formato de datos utilizado para agregar contenidos a suscriptores de un sitio web. El formato permite distribuir contenido sin necesidad de un navegador, utilizando un software diseñado para leerlos.
  30. 30. The virtual collaborative encyclopedia: WIKI.COM
  31. 31. Use a Virtual Hard Disk at BOX.NET
  32. 32. For PowerPoint Presentations SLIDESHARE.NET
  33. 33. To Share your Videos YOUTUBE.COM
  34. 34. To reduce your URL use TINYURL.COM
  35. 35. Steps 5 Validat e the information.
  36. 36. Validate <ul><li>Informal interviews. </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-test and post-test. </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations of an expert. </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations of the students </li></ul><ul><li>Compare distance education results with the traditional face-to-face classroom courses. </li></ul>
  37. 37. T he top five ways to test for the quality of Distance Education <ul><li>Work Experience: education complimented with relevant work experience </li></ul><ul><li>2. Varied Coursework: promote debate and group dynamics. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Offline Comparison: validated the online course by comparing it to its offline counterpart (i.e. GPA averages ). </li></ul><ul><li>4. Program Strengths: T he online course is part of a curriculum, the students know grading criteria, and coursework. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Personal Credentials: Can they show you a portfolio that includes transcripts, teacher recommendations, sample work and tests. </li></ul><ul><li>These results are part of the Vault.com Survey of Online Degrees. </li></ul>
  38. 38. Steps 6 Maintain the information.
  39. 39. Maintenance <ul><li>Include new interactive linkage s . </li></ul><ul><li>Promote student ’ s work and resear c h. </li></ul><ul><li>Include free recently created tools. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide linkage with the last versions of free books and softwares . </li></ul>
  40. 40. Conclusion <ul><li>The tools and method to implement an effective hybrid course are resumed in the following six steps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a Homep age. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creat e the electronic module. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a Platform. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combine the available online tools . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Validat e the information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain the information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>With these steps, the feedback and progress of your students, you can design a custom made course with specifics educational objective. This is a dynamic process and needs continuous revisions and improvements. </li></ul>
  41. 41. “ It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult ” Séneca
  42. 42. <ul><li>Congratulation </li></ul><ul><li>You have complited the presentation of this course. </li></ul><ul><li>Now continue with the POST-TEST </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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