DACC honored for work with hybrid program

October 12, 2010

The Delaware Area Career Center was honored at the Ohio School Board Association’s Fall Conference on October 5th for the outstanding work DACC staff is doing with their academics hybrid program, a blending of online and classroom learning.

 

 

In attendance to receive the award was (from left to right):
Science and Chemistry Instructor, Craig Lobdell
Government, Sociology & Psychology Instructor, Sherry Forster
DACC Board Member, Ed Bischoff
Instructional Projects Coordinator, Kelly Kohl
North Campus Director, Mary Titus
Superintendent, Mary Beth Freeman
DACC Board Member, Tom Kaelber

More about DACC’s hybrid program:
Students begin the school year attending classes daily. At the first interim, students who meet academic requirements begin the Hybrid Program. As part of the program, students are loaned a Kindle e-reader to use in place of the traditional textbook. The e-reader introduces new technology to our students and supports DACC’s efforts to be fiscally and environmentally conscious by using fewer printed materials.

For most DACC students, a normal school day consists of attending academic classes for half of the day and “lab classes” for the other half. Students participating in the Hybrid Program take the classroom outside of the traditional high school walls on Fridays and complete an online assignment that is due before class on Monday morning. What this means is that instead of attending academic classes on Friday mornings, they will have been given the flexibility to work on projects over the weekend. Many assignments require students to collaborate with each other, share ideas and critique their peers.

Benefits to students who participate:

  • They are better prepared for a college environment where many classes are taught and assignments take place online.
  • They are better prepared for a working environment where a great deal of communication takes place and many relationships are formed in an online platform.
  • They practice critical thinking skills when working with each other – instead of looking for one right answer and then walking away from the assignment, they explore multiple possibilities and help each other think through problems.

Benefits to students who don’t participate:

  • When they attend their academic classes on Fridays, they receive more one-on-one time with their instructors due to the smaller class size.
  • Students who are struggling to get the help they need
  • Instructors are able to spend extra time with students who need it while still challenging others in the class.