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Andreas J. Brockhaus
B CUSP 118
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core III: The Portfolio and Experiential Learning in Individuals and Society

Evaluates progress at the conclusion of the first year through the construction of a portfolio and offers an experiential learning opportunity, either on- or off-campus. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 115, B CUSP 116, or B CUSP 117; may not be repeated. Offered: Sp.

Class description

Hack the Classroom! Learning in the Digital World (50% hybrid, with half the class online)

Technology is having a radical effect on learning and teaching. From MOOCs to flipped classrooms, YouTube to eTextbooks, active learning classrooms to social networks, technology is changing learning and educational institutes. So what is the learner’s role in this evolving and hyper-connected digital world? What impact is technology having on how, where and how well students learn?

In this course we’ll examine definitions and theories of learning. We’ll study how the concept of a learner is changing, what impact that’s having on the student, why it matters, and its effects on higher education and society in general. We'll explore students' learning styles and examine various arguments on how technology may help or hinder learning as well as look at what the future of learning may look like.

This is a 50% hybrid course, meaning that half of the course will be online. We will meet face-to-face on Mondays in class, and then interact online the rest of the week. Be aware that you will be asked to come to some additional on-campus activities as part of the Discovery Core and eportfolio sequence and requirements.

Student learning goals

1. Reflect critically on their learning through the creation of an electronic portfolio documenting their first year at UW Bothell.

2. Articulate key learning theories and how they are represented in instruction and educational technology

3. Analyze how technology is affecting the role and concept of learning, the learner and educational organizations

4. Consider how technology and computer-mediated communication has shaped their own learning experiences.

General method of instruction

This is a 50% hybrid course, meaning the class will meet half of the time on campus and half of the time online. The on-campus meetings are required and we will meet every Monday during spring quarter from 8:45 to 10:45 in UW2-205. The remaining course time will be spent engaging with the course content online. Active participation in both the on-campus and online activities is required in order to pass this course.

Recommended preparation

Hybrid courses require as much or more time doing assignments and may not work well for all students. Before applying for this course, ask yourself the following questions:

1. Can I organize my time well, even when managing multiple demands? 2. Do I have good reading and writing skills, especially in an online setting? Hybrid courses often have more writing and reading since there is less time spent in a classroom. 3. Am I am comfortable with using the Internet, email, and various software applications? Do I have easy access to computers and fast-speed Internet? 4. Am I comfortable discussing and interacting with others online? 5. Do I enjoy working independently, am self-motivated enough to finish assignments on deadline, and can work with little to no supervision?

If you answered "yes" or felt comfortable about most of these statements, then this hybrid course may be suitable for you. Hybrid and online courses can be a great way to gain skills in online interactions, which can be very useful in today's digitally connected workplace. Millions of college students successfully complete hybrid and online courses each year.

Please feel free to contact me at abrockhaus@uwb.edu if you have any questions or concerns about taking a hybrid course.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will involve in-class and online exercises. Assignments will include: 1. CUSP eportfolio (includes construction of a digital portfolio and reflection paper) 2. weekly discussion board assignments 3. Learning with technology tool or trend analysis paper 4. Quizzes 5. Blog posts 6. In-class participation and exercises 7. Readings 8. Some group work

Points will be assigned for all assignments and for active participation. There is no grade curving.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Andreas J. Brockhaus
Date: 03/24/2014