Reflecting – Online Learning

I recently finished a reflection assignment from the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP), one of my many assignments I am very proud of. In the PIDP we were assigned to reflect on a quote of our choice from the textbook. For my third entry, I reflected upon a quote about online learning from Adult Learning Linking Theory and Practice written by Sharan B. Merriam & Laura L. Bierema. Today I had a brilliant idea, to share my writing for other instructors searching the web. I believe this paper I wrote may be helpful to other instructors out there. Leave a comment, let me know what you think. Thank you for visiting!

Objective

            In my third reflection for the PIDP 3100, I will be reflecting on the quote “persevering at online learning is also affected by computer and information literacy, time management…online communication skills…self-esteem, feelings of belongingness in the online program and the ability to develop interpersonal skills with peers…” (Merriam & Bierema, 2014, p.199). Online learning has many contributing factors to create a successful learning environment or experience. This quote displays the ingredients for the perfect online learning recipe. Students may sometimes have a difficult time learning online, when not being able to persevere on their own. Upon further research for this quote, Merriam & Bierema (2014) report, learners also have non-school-related external constraints that impact their ability to remain enrolled such as finances, employment, family obligations, support systems, and unanticipated crises such as illness, divorce, or job loss. Unfortunately, sometimes there are unforeseen circumstances that may arise with my students. By giving the support and empathy they need in those times is also important as an adult educator.

            This quote caught my attention because over the last six weeks of taking this online course I have felt the need for all of these aspects mentioned. I have navigated through the course, finding the skills I needed within me to create a better learning environment for myself. In this reflection, I will elaborate on how I can ensure students taking my class will have the tools to perform at the best of their ability.

Reflective

            It is the year 2019, we are now called the “Information Age” (also known as computer age and digital age). Moving on from the industrial revolution, on to the digital revolution, we have graduated to new technologies and devices that have created a shift in society. I chose this quote to reflect upon because the majority of the population is somehow tethered to a device. “Cognitive imaging studies have found that spending too much screen time will lead less efficient information processing” (CareWell Urgent Care, 2018). People are spending more time behind screens than face to face, losing communication skills, emotional connection, and personal experience. I believe that the quote emulates how hard work and perseverance is still needed to be successful even if the class you are taking is not in the traditional classroom setting. The attributes mentioned in the quote are essential skills and qualities for students, online and in person. I believe that by having my students use their “screen time” as an opportunity to learn, rather than mindlessly scrolling, would benefit their growth personally and professionally. 

Interpretive

            The quote I chose displays the evidence in saying, online learning requires much more care and attention driven independently. Which means acquiring literacy, time management, communication skills, self-esteem, interpersonal skills, and belongingness is detrimental to the students’ success. Persevering as an online student can be difficult at times, drop out rates are much higher compared to in-class learners. With the flipped classroom teaching method I want to integrate into my curriculum, I will fully prepare my students with the tools they need to stay on track and become successful when learning online. The flipped classroom creates a learning atmosphere where the students become more independent and the instructor becomes a facilitator for learning. Students will be assigned homework reviewing the lesson before class to be better prepared for the following day, leaving more time for experience and hands-on learning in the classroom. Rather than the instructor lecturing in class, leaving less time for more meaningful learning experiences for students. I believe my thinking has changed after reflecting on the quote by realizing that online learning truly does need perseverance and hard work. While working full time, trying to find space in my schedule to work on my assignments has been difficult at times. My approach has been work hard and time management, by growing up in the digital age the rest was a breeze. Viewing what is portrayed in the quote and from my experience, I now understand there is more to online learning and ensuring students can find comfort in the support of their instructor.

Decisional

            Students have traditionally been taught face to face, to adapt to our new digital age with the flipped classroom, I will give my students a self-directed online learning experience blended with in-person facilitating and support. Here are a few key points on the flipped classroom; “Students learn more deeply…Students are more active participants in learning…Interaction increases and students learn from one another…Instructors and students get more feedback” (The University of Texas at Austin, 2019). By bringing in the flipped classroom technique, I will better prepare for my students to continue educating themselves through online learning when updating their skills after leaving hairdressing school.

            I am now going to go through each aspect presented in the quote I chose and explain how I can apply this to my curriculum involving the flipped classroom teaching method. Using an online platform, which includes the necessary tools for my students to begin to approach learning with independence and confidence.

Computer Literacy – I will provide an introduction to the course, including a thorough e-tour of the online platform being used, accessible at any time through the course.

Information Literacy – To support my students, I will organize sections on each subject being covered and labeling them appropriately. By practicing this skill, it will become easier for my students in the future to source out the necessary information on their own.

Time Management – I will set up a calendar that syncs to their e-mail and phone number for due date reminders. Also adding each date with corresponding review material linked, which will be labeled appropriately. This is what I did for myself in the PIDP 3100 course, physically seeing when each assignment is due helped with my time management.

Online Communication Skills – Setting up an online forum for students to message each other about assignments and share their research, will allow for communication skills to develop. I will create assignments where my students will research and prepare a presentation to be submitted in this online forum. There will also be an area for my students to review their peers’ presentations, and submit their supportive comments. Creating communication by opening up a public forum for my students to share ideas and work with one another.

Self-esteem – Promoting a safe space in my classroom and online, for my students to feel encouraged by their peers to be creative and confident. Allowing for critical self-reflection, journaling, emotional support and empathy in the learning process.

Belongingness in the Online Program – Having my students create a personal profile with details about themselves and why they are in the program. I will create online forum assignments to get them to open up and contribute to communicate and create connections with their peers.

Developing Interpersonal Skills – By having my students work together on assignments, in-class and online will allow for interpersonal skills to develop. Assigning group projects with separate contributions from each student. They will be marked on the assignment and part of their mark will entail contribution, inclusion, and encouragement of their peers.

            With this detailed outline of how to support my students to become persevering online learners, I believe that the incorporation of using a flipped classroom will assist me in ensuring success with all of my students.

References

CareWell Urgent Care. The Effects too Much Screen Time has on Your Health. (July 19th, 2019). https://www.carewellurgentcare.com/2018/07/19/the-effects-too-much-screen-time-has-on-your-health/

Mierriam, S. B. & Bierema, L. L. (2014). Adult Learning. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons.

The University of Texas at Austin. Flipped Classroom. (2019). https://facultyinnovate.utexas.edu/flipped-classroom

Andrew – Graphic Design Wiz.

Today I met Andrew, he was assigned to be my partner for this blog post by our teacher. Andrew is a graphic design instructor at Vancouver Community College(VCC). He has been in the graphic design industry for 25 years, and has just recently begun sharing his knowledge and passion through teaching. In the process of becoming an instructor at VCC, taking the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program(PIDP) was directly relevant in fact, a requirement to his teaching position. Although after being hired on with VCC, Andrew had signed up for the PIDP but had yet to start the course. He explained, in the first few weeks teaching he felt he learned more than the students did as he didn’t have much experience. Both Andrew and I agree, we are enjoying the program and are looking forward to learning more as we move through different courses.

Some trends in our fields and adult education we covered were on our most recent assignments on Cognitive Science. Risk taking or freedom to fail, which Andrew explained that students who were most willing to take a risk were the ones who learned the most. Here is a link to his video explaining this concept in depth.

We also spoke about emotions in adult education, I had covered this topic in my podcast with negative and positive emotions affecting learning in different ways. I explain ways on how to integrate ideas into my classroom for a better student experience.

Here I have linked my podcast on emotions and how it affects adult education. https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/megan-penner7/episodes/2019-05-10T09_35_14-07_00

I really enjoyed meeting Andrew, we talked about learning theories, adult education, amazing accomplishments in life, personal, and professional. We even covered the cannabis industry and I now have three new interesting books to read!
Hope you enjoy our collaboration, here is a link to his blog if you want to check it out! https://www.sweetsoul.ca/

Adult Education – Trends

Online Learning / Flipped Classroom

Traditionally, students would attend class in person and learn the majority of course content with direction from their instructor. In a flipped classroom, students take it upon themselves to review what will be covered the following day with assigned reading, online lectures, and self-directed research. With doing this, they will have a more engaging experience by applying the information they previously reviewed with the guidance of their instructor.

In the link below, I found an article on the flipped classroom education technique. In this article, the author Bethany Petty also included four tools for the flipped classroom.
http://www.ijcrt.org/papers/IJCRT1704126.pdf

These four tools are very beneficial for the flipped classroom, this trend can sometimes be difficult to keep students engaged and focused. By using the Google Classroom and Padlet mentioned in the article, you can create a platform for students to participate and reflect on assigned topics. These sources have also created an area where students participation is monitored, which can help boost motivation knowing the instructor can see who is logged in. I believe it is very beneficial for students to have access to course content before in-class engagement. Not only because it prepares them to engage in the classroom, but because these online portals also allow students to be able to review in an easily accessible manner, 24/7.

With hairdressing, it is more than just information delivery. Students need to visually learn to have a reference of what needs to be achieved when asked to perform assigned tasks. Given step by step instruction working on their mannequins will come easier if they watch the tutorial video and take notes prior to working hands-on. Creating an online hub for my students to have access to videos, study materials and an open discussion forum for questions and support at any time allows the greatest opportunity for success. Can you imagine, a class with no lost/forgotten/eaten homework? This teaching method leaves less room for error as the assignments are easily accessible with one click. This is also beneficial if students miss a day of school they can easily catch up on what was covered with their online access.

To prepare for my flipped classroom education approach, I plan to use an online learning center like Google Classroom. I will be creating content for the course curriculum to share with my students online. Finding tutorials through different resources like YouTube, Instagram, and professional hair blogs. I will be creating video tutorials and audio recordings when there needs to be a specific topic covered. Using these resources also allows for quizzes and study materials to be given to students to aid in their studying. Each student learns at their own pace, I want to be able to assist every student at the level and speed they are learning. Some students may pick up how to do a perfect round brush blow-dry after the first or second try, others it might take a little bit longer. It is essential in the hairdressing industry that each student has mastered the fundamental basics before beginning their careers. Knowing how to perform each service properly allows clientele growth, and opens up the opportunity for them to learn new trends and techniques with ease. I believe a flipped classroom will provide my students the time to work on their individual needs as growing hairdressers.

Hair Trends of 2019

Tone. Texture. Tousles.

2019 brings us a trolley full of new trends to bring out our creativity. Every year hairdressers can commonly predict there are modern changes in trends. All of which is about to change what they have to deliver for their customers. The only questions are, what and when? New trends arriving just in time for the new year and subsequently creates new education opportunities. Here is a link to an article I found from the Vancouver Sun about the new trends of an effortless look for this year.

Hair trends for 2019 – Vancouver Sun

I also wanted to incorporate another article I found on trends for 2019 that includes different textures and hair colors. The hairdressing industry has many categories that change annually which is why this article is also important to share. It displays the difference in which texture and hair color also contribute to new trends while still keeping it effortless for 2019.

https://www.elle.com/uk/beauty/hair/g32408/hairstyle-trends/

The article from the Vancouver Sun explains that environmental changes with the modern busy adult verses social media perfection. We are all looking for more simplicity in life but still want to look and feel our best. As hairstylists we need to be able to facilitate the change our clients ask for and keep their natural texture and lifestyle in mind. Our society is changing into a more organic, authentic and natural raw embrace of our true selves. We can see this in grocery stores, where the organic and natural sections become bigger and bigger each year. For 2019 we now see it displayed in our hairstyles as well. Whether the client is choosing to go all natural and let their grey hair grow out to show natural sparkle and wisdom or, if it’s cropping the length of their hair and embracing natural texture. Every option given in these articles are changes that I see happening every day in the salon. Here is an image I chose to display what natural texture styled hair would look like with a soft wave. Undone and elegant, but still done. BEAUTIFUL.

Google image (not my work)

The hairdressing industry goes through phases of trends, not every client that my students see will be “on trend” with their desired look. This means that they will need to have the knowledge and skill to adjust the result. Some trends last years for some people after they are introduced to society. Meanwhile, others will be changing their locks every time something new and exciting comes out. I want to ensure my students can adapt to any request their customer may inquire about. For example; the “Faux Hawk” haircut has not been popular for years yet is now a rising trend for short haircuts in 2019. Trends are created and mostly influenced by the European market which their inspiration eventually makes it’s way over to Canada some time later. Fashion companies, movie stars and singers are advertising billboards for the population with new and upcoming trends. Most trends return after years of being in the shadows but, with a new modern twist. The year of 2018 short, masculine haircuts was mainly focused on the fade (zero degree elevation at the sides and back) with a variation of styles on top. These styles included the pompadore, hard part, long messy textured, crew cut, textured crop and buzz. We should expect to still continue to see these styles through 2019. The new and modern look for the Faux Hawk in 2019 is the “Faded Faux” as shown in this photo of the two different styles. I did not see this haircut making a come back but I have to be honest, I’m not mad about it are you?

Google image (not my work)

Ash tones were introduced and took over the industry in 2018, for 2019 we have still held onto the cooler color blend but incorporating the new tone for 2019 which is something called Pantone. This is what world renowned companies in fashion and hair use for their new launches for the upcoming year.


Pantone 2019
Google image (not my work)

The Pantone shade for 2019 is living coral, which extends onto both sides of cool and warm tonality change. Cooler tones can extend into lighter coral color like peach all the way into a pastel pink and violet hues. A warmer version of coral can become more of a copper tone and even pops of orange-red. A neutral version would be a brown or blonde with warmer tones like chocolate or copper brown and golden suede blonde. The second article I posted from Elle describes the nuance with tone and texture in hair styling and coloring trends. Being able to look at hair from a different angle is where I want to lead my students to see. Instead of seeing brown hair, they see what tone that brown is. Cool ash brown verses seeing warm golden brown. Being able to differentiate tone is essential to being a hair color expert. It can assist you in what your new color formulation will be if your client is asking for a change to their desired look. The following image displays different tones of coral, some may not be able to see the difference in tonal distribution. Take a look and see what different tones you can see all within one color range. This image also displays the haircuts and styling techniques that are on trend for 2019.

Google image (not my work)

I will prepare my students to visually dissect any hair cut or color ensuring the result is achievable. Being in the age of social media influence, majority of the time a client coming to get their hair done will bring a photo from Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration. Training my students to see what the client sees is going to be a very important exercise to practice. Consultation is key, it is the first step to performing any services on clients. It is when the communication comes through to see what the client likes about the photo they chose from the internet, and if it is even achievable. As D’Amours explains in the article from the Vancouver Sun that some photos a customer may bring in is not realistically achievable for their hair. Its the hard truth, but it is the truth. My students will be masters at color theory, we will practice hair cuts and coloring techniques on mannequins. Each year that new trends come along my students will be prepared to take on any challenge. After all, everyone needs their hair done!

If you have become inspired by this post and are looking to add to your hair accessories here is a link to an article I found with the top 10 websites to add to your collection! Happy hair styling everyone! https://www.finder.com/buy-hair-accessories-online

Hi!

This is my first official blog post! So let me tell you a little bit about myself and what this blog will be about. I have been in the hair industry for thirteen years, and to advance my career I have decided to become a hairdressing instructor. Now starting my venture on that pathway I’m in a program at Vancouver Community College called the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program. Wohoo back to school!!

Here I will be posting all things to do with hair, my assignments and possibly some cool or funny photos..maybe if you’re lucky. Thanks for joining me, if you have any questions or comments please drop it in the comments section!

If you want to learn more about what I’m doing, here is a link to the VCC School of Instructor Education Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/VCCSchoolOfInstructorEducation/