Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hybrid 101

I responsed to the following video presentations:



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  2. Seane,

    I like that you included images which really depict the need for different, engaging environments for students with special needs. I am not sure, though, of the significance of including the text on higher order thinking skills with regard to the information you provide. I also like that you include suggestions on things needed for implementation of blended environments, though I wish you had included some citations here. Without evidence it sounds like your opinion on what needs to be done.

    I am confused by the text section at approximately 2:21. For example, you note an instructional strategy of "summarizing", but you have subtext stating "synthesize information", which are different levels of Blooms. The text component continues with "4 types of knowledge", with the subtext of "vocabulary terms", and "organizing ideas" with the subtext of "skills and processes". It could be the way your animation program (Animoto?) formats headings and subheadings, but the size relationship makes it seem like the larger text is a heading, with the smaller text being an example or a subheading. I would consider creating a text slide image instead of using the title features in your software.

    You include Rogers in your presentation, stating that the rate of adoption for hybrid or "blended learning for special need students is non-existant" but you do not provide support for this. The statement makes it seem like Rogers stated this, but I don't think that is true (at least I do not recall him discussing hybrid learning with regard to special needs students!). You note that there is no S-curve; again, provide documentation for this. How do we know there is no S-curve? Perhaps we are merely at the beginning, where the innovators and early adopters fall. Rogers' S-curve only becomes evident once the adoption process has been underway. You give a prediction date for adoption. Where did this prediction come from? Is this your personal opinion? If so, what data influenced this decision? I like that you included some primary source material at the end, but your video does not provide enough time to read it, though this may have been in your design. I think you successfully used a variety of media elements, which can effectively convey your points. I also think you need to include more data/evidence so that it seems less like an opinion piece.

  3. I would like to thank you for your comments.

    However, I do disagree with most of your criticism. I did not state that Roger stated any of my information. I stated that "if I could predict...". Furthermore, all of my information is research based information as noted by my annotation and reference sources. I also spoke and emailed with Mrs. Marlen Simon-Burroughs, the Director of Research to Practice Division, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education.

    Is hybrid learning, in general, a recognized educational methodology? Yes, it is! However, the concept that I am proposing is a neophyte concept. Can you identify any educational school (K-12 school systems, charter schools or private schools) that specialize in distance education for special needs students? The special needs students that I am speaking of are students who have been diagnosed with mild learning disorders or communication disorders (not severe or profound special needs students). If you can not identify any school, then you are like the rest of the country. "YOU" are interested in this concept.

  4. Seane,

    Overall very effective presentation. You exhibit a great pace in your dialogue and you have employed a great format for your video. I was wondering (not so much a criticism as a question) why you shot your first couple self interviews in black and white and the last in color? One suggestion would be to check your microphone levels. At times your narration became quite soft and was difficult to hear. Overall well done.

  5. Seane
    I liked your clearly in focus photos of your students. It was good you included quotes right in your video. Rogers (2003) tells us that the adoption of an innovation will follow an S-shaped curve. I disagree that your innovation does not have an S-shaped curve, but that it is at the very beginning of the distribution. Rogers (2003) reminds us that after 30% of a population have adopted, the distribution will take off and be led by opinion leaders. Your video stuck to your theme of hybrid learning for special education students. Bravo!

  6. Seane,

    Please do not take this as any sort of personal affront, I just am pointing out when you do not make citations (in text), the viewer/reader believes the information is yours. And, if this is the case, you must provide some support for what caused you to reach your conclusions. Providing citation at the end does not provide an indication as to what are your ideas vs the ideas of others. At the doctoral level, it is our responsibility to provide accurate and adequate credit to sources for two reasons: it provides credibility to your work and your ideas, and it appropriately credits the original author(s) when the ideas are not yours. If they are not your ideas, then you are stealing someone else's; if they are your ideas, tell us the sources which influenced you. Every written sentence that contains information from someone else must be cited. I believe this holds true for all doctoral products.

  7. After viewing other students' presentations in the doctoral program, I can see where I failed in my first published video as a specialist student. I would like to thank those who viewed my presentation from a doctoral point of view. The information provided will assist me in my future projects. Thank you!

  8. Seane, nicely done and an important topic to many of us. The photos of your students and the musical background were great. One minor criticism is that the text on some slides was very small. When you have the available space, use it. You started naming off the levels of Bloom. I am not certain that you covered all six. You put all of the moving parts together nicely.

  9. Thank your for comments. I will check it out.

  10. Hello Seane,

    Your video was nicely put together. When I first read your title, I wasn't sure what hybrid learning was. By watching the video, I was able to understand that this type of learning dealt a great bit with special education and how to reach them in the classroom. One strategy I learned by watching your video is that the students must be taught using differentiated learning. This style of learning taps into all learning styles reaching all students regardless of their learning ability.

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  12. If you have any information, suggestion, or ideas about hybrid learning, please email me. Thanks.