Monday, December 1, 2014
Hybrid courses are though to replace face-to-face learning with learning activities conducted online. The University of Texas offers hybrid courses and how to design a hybrid course. The difference between LIS 201 and Texas hybrid courses is the discussion component. Texas restricts class to lecture and online activities, while LIS introduces discussion classes. I think it is very beneficial to have the discussion class and 1 less lecture. Personally, I believe every lecture should be paired with a discussion. Students should have the chance to discuss the lecture's material, especially when a lot of professors have difficult material and it is the first time students experience it. I believe I'm more a productive student in the physical world because I feel like the virtual world has no direct contributions. I don't get to see the direct results of what I send in virtually, but in person I visually see the results. However, the online activities were a good way to learn how to use applications such as wikiblog and other tools. I think I learn more about people when I meet them in person, which is why I know my classmates better when I talk to them in class, rather than learn about them over a blog. I honestly believe this class has helped me to put how I use technology in a better perspective. I firmly believe technology and interacting online has its downfalls, which is why now that I have a smart phone I take great care to make sure my social life doesn't change for the worse.