A bit earlier this semester, I was asked to create an intensive hybrid speech class. It sounded fun to me. (I know not everyone would enjoy creating curriculum, but there you go…)
Since we are just sitting around here sort of waiting for Christmas festivities with our family (does everyone else feel that way?), I had the time to create it. So, although I say “gulp”, I am also metaphorically standing here like Wonder Woman. I. can. do. it.
Honestly, I had no idea what I got myself into, but that isn’t unusual for me. I’ve taught drama and speech classes for nearly forty years–I mean, how difficult can it be?
I looked around on the web and found several sites and Pinterest pins concerning the subject, so that persuaded me I could put the hybrid together.
However, if I’m going to learn from all of this, I need to analyze what I am doing right and wrong during these thirteen days when I teach one for the first time
First, I had to get the lingo straight. I was calling it an “a cross between an online and traditional class”. Duh. This is completely incorrect!
On line classes occur only on line. Hybrid classes use textbooks and can have one on one teaching time with students or time in a classroom. Hybrid’s use various modalities to teach–on line learning from various sources (websites, video clips, on line documents, etc. )Hybrid classes are usually only offered for lower level classes.
That’s the first thing I learned.
In thirteen days, I must teach an entire textbook’s worth of material.
No problem….(gulpIn theory this should work. Here’s why:
The students are reading, writing speeches, viewing a lot of information on line, answering forum posts, creating notecards, outlines, bibliographies, etc. and attending class with me for 70 minutes each of the thirteen days. During the interim for Christmas and New Year’s the students have assignments to do as well.
How intensive is this? Well, their first speech, an informative one, is due on Friday. Tomorrow, they are presenting a little self introduction for us.
Two speeches down, two to go.
I thought this would be difficult for the students to complete. A faculty member asked, “Once they saw all they had to do, did they run out the door?”
The answer is no. It didn’t seem to faze them.
These days, students are used to online assignments and many have taken hybrid classes in the past. Gone are the days of sitting in a lecture hall, or if not gone maybe there are a few less of them.
I am going to work just as hard as the students. And, I have to stay ahead of them!
For instance, thus far I have spent about three hours today just getting everything ready for tomorrow.
Today I created hand outs for: writing notecards, informative speech topics, and rubrics for an informative speech and forum discussion.
Prior to the first class, I probably spent about six hours planning the class. Why so long? Because I planned the entire intensive so the students would have every assignment and due date at their finger tips.
I figure that’s the least I can do for them.
Truthfully, that’s ok with me. I am more valuable and employable with everything I learn to do as far as higher education is concerned. I’m interested in teaching additional classes on line in the future.
It sounds like more and more people are taking to learning in this manner. I want to be one of the teachers who can provide the instruction for them.
For instance, I’d never had to make power point for a class because in the past, I taught drama classes. Most of the time my classes were hands-on, not lecture.
So, I can check off “creating a power point” from my list.
However, I am all ready seeing the value of on line learning. Because of the net the world is truly our oyster.
My favorite example of web gold is Ted Talks. They are a dream for a speech teacher. My first semester students, mostly high school kids, hadn’t been introduced to Tedtalks. They enjoyed them a lot and shared with me they had viewed others in. their. free. time. What?
Ironically, I first learned about Tedtalk on Facebook. Facebook, who knew?
A wonderful by-product of Tedtalks is they are tremendously interesting and thought provoking.
I use one on procrastination, ten tips to becoming a better conversationalist and several others. I’ve also used them for extra credit.
Today, I learned how to put a forum together thanks to my daughter.
She’s studying for her masters in education so she can teach drama. (Talk about the apple not falling far from the tree….) She filled me in on how her professors use forums as a way to enrich the lessons. I was interested in hearing what she thought were the positive and drawbacks from forums. She had no complaints.
We’ll see how this goes. Who knows what tomorrow holds?
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