GETTING STARTED
TOPICS
 
  • Blended Learning
  • Studio Rules
  • What is looks like
  • Set up your learning tools
  • Grades and Feedback
  • Learning Habits
 
 
LEARNING WITHIN THE BLENDED CLASSROOM
You have chosen to take a class that is delivered to you in a manner that places you at the center of the learning.
 
What does that mean?  
 
  • Skills and Content knowledge are delivered to you via this website.
  • All skills and content knowledge are assessed primarily through the projects that you create.
  • As the course progresses, you have more choice over the types of creative projects you complete.
  • Your learning habits are assessed to ensure that you understand HOW to learn effectively.
  • You have the ability to move faster when you find content that you may easily understand.
  • The role of the teacher in the room:
    • To assist you when you need it - just raise your hand.
    • To assess your work and provide you with feedback
    • To modify the web-curriculum as needed
    • To serve as your research assistant when looking to solve challenging problems
    • To monitor your work habits
    • To connect you with other students
 
 Here is another explanation that is written in "teacher-speak."  A bit more academic look at how it all works.   
 
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 the 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. 

Studio Rules

 

  • Check your email and all social media in the first two minutes of coming to class.

  • Put your personal electronic devices away.

  • Start your work without having the instructor to tell you to do so.

  • Cell phone use is by permission only

  • Internet usage during class time is for coursework only

  • Let your instructor know if you need to leave the room

  • Ask the instructor before you add software or modify computer settings

  • Take breaks if needed being respectful of others that are learning.

  • Please don't unplug or move headphones

  • Share your work with others often

  • Engagement is the number one priority - have fun learning and making music.

  • You will ALWAYS have something to work on and explore. 

THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE IN THE BLENDED CLASSROOM

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 the 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 of a unit, 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 a the next project or gig. 

GRADES and FEEDBACK

The majority of your feedback will be one on one with your instructor during class.  At the end of a project, you will need to submit your work to the OnCampus Portal and meet with your instructor additional feedback will be given then in addition to peer feedback, and online quizzes.

 

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.

 

 

 

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 - Screenshot this and then highlight the descriptors that you will most likely need to work on this semester.  
command-shift-4 to screenshot
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