LEARNING WITHIN THE BLENDED CLASSROOM
It is different.  You will have a freedom to chart your own path and learn the material by working on projects that you choose.  How you learn in the class is our biggest measuring tool.  "What" you learn is assessed over time as you work on each project.

The simple explanation of how this works would be this:

 

  • come to class on time,

  • say hello and establish a relationship with others in the room,

  • open the webtool you created that keeps track of where you are in your work,

  • open up this web resource- go to the class page and navigate to where you left off,

  • open and software or instrument you use and continue to work on your current project,

  • do research as needed,

  • ask for help from a peer or the educator in the room when needed,

  • consider helping others when appropriate,

  • get some feedback on your own work as you create,

  • document what you are doing during the class- the documentation can help move you forward towards certification.  

  • when you are nearing completion, have the instructor give you feedback directly

  • during the feedback session, determine mastery levels with the instructor and verify next steps.

  • revise your work when needed before moving to an new project or gig. 

 Here is another explanation that is written in "teacher-speak."  A bit more academic look at how it all works.  Give it a read and let me know if it helped at all.
 
UNDERSTANDINGS:
 
  • Blended learning is a style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media as well as traditional face-to-face teaching.
  • It offers you the ability to:
    • take ownership over your learning by personalizing project work
    • move at a monitored pace that matches your learning style,
    • share knowledge in a variety of ways, 
    • develop skills for lifelong learning.
 
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN ORDER TO LEARN IN THE BLEND
 
Students will need to know:
  • The workflow for learning in the blend.
    • Software Window open
    • This website open with the chosen topic of study
    • A resource to document your learning
  • Topics have been placed into a logical order of study and have included a degree of choice as to how the learning can be applied.  
  • How to develop the ability to plan appropriately to ensure that learning and growth are constant.
  • The classroom norms and policies set out by the educator.
  • How to monitor their "Habits of Learning" as defined below.
 
WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THE BLEND
  • Engage in creative study based on your interests within the subject. 
  • Document your learning and provide evidence that the concepts are understood.
  • Use multiple tools to demonstrate the creative application of your learning.
  • Use the skills of Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Collaboration in all of your work. 

RESOURCES

Tools that you can use to document your learning

 

Develop a plan for how you will monitor your learning.  There needs to be visual and aural documentation of your learning because of the independent nature of the class.  There is much less reliance on traditional exams and quizzes. 

 

Consider building a website: Try Wix or Jimdo(Can serve as a great portfolio that can be used for years to come)

 

You could also use:

Onenote by Microsoft 

Trello

Google Tools

 

Ideally, the tool will allow you to document the key concepts of study and your ability to use the new knowledge in a project.

 

You may need to store audio in a cloud service.  The best choice is Box.com .  You can embed the box files into your website or another digital tool.  There is a free version. 

 

Having a YouTube channel is also an option - create if you want to document your learning doing video screen captures.

 

Be sure to make a folder on your desktop and put your name on it. You can store files locally as needed.  This is temporary storage.  It is better to store your work in the cloud. 

 

 

TIP:

Always have this website open and Logic open... split the windows on your screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEEDBACK BY THE NUMBERS

The majority of your feedback will be one on one with your instructor. Additional peer feedback, online quizzes, and student-created web tools for presentation will serve to move you forward. 

 

A grid has been created in your OnCampus assignments.  Think of it as a Pip-Boy . The major skills that you will be working on are all listed with a marking of your current level of understanding. These columns will not factor into your cumulative grade until the end of the course. 

 

A rolling record of your Habits of Learning will be used to create a traditional letter grade for reporting with the majority of feedback targetted on your learning skills.  The final cumulative grade will represent the percentage of proficiencies that you have accomplished in addition to an overall assessment of your growth within the habits of learning.   I will use a 5 point scale in this format in order to accommodate the traditional methods of grading. 

 

4 = Exemplary:  Work that connects multiple concepts together and applies them in a manner that represents a level of mastery.  Honors work

3.6 = Proficient:  Content or skill is understood completely – traditional “A” work.

3.2 Developing:  Skills and understanding are beginning to be developed. Roughly 80% of the material has been learned.

2.8 = Getting Started:  A basic understanding of the concept or skill is present.  Roughly 60-70% of the material has been experienced.

1 = No evidence that learning has begun on this topic.

 

Think of it as if it were a video game.

Each major topic is like a level in a game that you are trying to master.

As you progress you gain strength and increase health points.

When you master a level, you celebrate and brace for the next challenge.

Skills you use on one level are often further developed later in the game, adding more skill points as you progress.

More skill points, the more intense the game becomes.

Oh yeah, sections of the game are open world.  Go where you want and explore.

 

 

Grades are approximations of learning.  Averages that do not specifically identify what has been learned. I am attempting to work within this system AND give more effective feedback and analysis of what you are learning. 

 

 

 The tools we can use to help develop your learning skills have been broken down below into levels. I will help you work on these skills as well as create projects that will allow you to experience and learn the subject. See the chart below if interested. 

 

This may be the most reading you may have to do at one time in this course.  If you have additional questions about the workflow just ask.

 

 

 

These are the habits of learning that we will develop and measure throughout the course 

YOUR FIRST ASSIGNMENT

Go to this link and explore the use of Logic Software. In time you will want to be able to edit any song to use in your DJ set.  Knowing the Logic Digital Audio Workstation is an essential tool for all musicians.  

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