My name is Kristine Holloway. I am a Librarian with California State University, Bakersfield. My job title is Distance Services Coordinator and I am the Education and Music Subject Specialist. I have been considering this degree for some time, but until recently I was the caregiver for my mother in addition to my full-time job, and I could not take on anything else.
I do a good amount of teaching in my job. I also work with a number of credentialing candidates. I wanted to learn more about E-learning because I thought it would help me to develop as a teacher. I also thought that it might eventually be something that I would like to specialize in. I am a little intimidated because I feel I should know more about the technology, but I am hoping to learn more as I move through the program. I have already learned a great deal.
I was a distance student for my Masters degree in Library and Information Science. I was a San Jose State University student, but I attended through the southern extension program. Most of my classes were at California State University, Fullerton. Most of my classes were also hybrid classes. I enjoyed hybrid courses as they seemed to combine the best of both worlds. I was able to get to know my classmates, but I also had greater scheduling flexibility and the opportunity to work independently on projects.
I have taken online courses that tended to be text versions of the in-person class. I have also taught online courses that even I thought were boring. My hope is that I will be able to get ideas so that my classes can be interesting and fun for my students.
Online Learning – According to Garrison, online learning is a blending of independent thought with interaction and collaboration. In online learning, the technology serves the goal of instruction, not the reverse (2011).
Blended Learning – This is what I think of as a hybrid course. Garrison describes it as a course where there is face-to-face time as well as online instruction (2011).
Distance Learning – Despite the fact that I am a distance services coordinator, I rapidly see distance learning as fading away. It is the traditional means of educating those at a distance by disseminating information and the students working independently to complete their assignments. Many online courses are taken currently by students who are on-site. The tools used in distance education should be used for classes where they will serve a function so while it is true, there are students who are distant from the site. They tend to have nearly equivalent access as traditional students to resources and instruction.
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