The course I am creating will be blended classroom, I believe a STEM class would be a challenge to be 100% online because the students work together to build and create objects. I have designed the Civil Engineering course to build on basic physics concepts to allow students a deeper understanding before they apply these ideas. The students will begin learning about different forces and how they work together. Then, they will apply the knowledge of these forces to how they relate to bridges and other structures. Last the students will use this knowledge to design, build, and create structures. All the separate units contain an assessment to measure the students learning. These assessments will consist of quizzes, discussions, assignments, and projects. At the beginning of the year, I showed the students how to effectively save documents remotely, how to navigate through an LMS, and how to submit assignments. I also have fielded questions as students are learning how to use the LMS.
I am comfortable teaching a blended course with little to no collaboration. Currently, one of the classes I teach I have no support at our school because I am the only teacher teaching this course. To create an effective course it will be important to closely monitor the students’ progress through observations, tests, discussions, and projects evaluations. Generally, with students having the opportunity to work in small groups, they usually are able to complete the task in STEM class. However, with group-based projects, it can be challenging to determine how much each student learned. Some students are able to drive the group with their previous knowledge or experience, while others are less involved in the project. Throughout the course I am designing, I am hopeful that after the students have completed the Civil Engineering module, students will be able to explain in depth the career of Civil Engineering, successfully problem solve, design, build and evaluate both a bridge and marble mineshaft. The needed resources to provide these outcomes are videos, instructions, online resources, discussions, and quizzes.
The courses I am currently developing are STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) and BIM (business information management). These courses are both taught at the Middle School level and have very different goals and objectives. I have been focusing on creating videos for my BIM class, allowing students to work at their own pace or learn information remotely. In these classes, the primary learning theory is Constructivism, because many of the assignments are creating real-world projects (Dabbagh, 2018). The STEM class is hands-on where students are designing, building, creating, and programming. The BIM class centers on learning about business and applying Microsoft Programs in real situations. However, Behaviorism is needed at times before the students create a project, there is some information that the students learn through direct teaching or researching information. Also, the grades that are required, provide a reward or consequence for the students learning.