Lagniappe for HOBY….Finishing Touches for the Online Course

A Little Lagniappe for the Online Course

In Louisiana, you might get asked if you want “lagniappe.” This is a French word that means “a little something extra.” For this third assignment, I decided to give a little “lagniappe” that can be explained as the second half of my online course. In keeping with the theme of this week, I have decided that the second half of the course will be the continuation of the first half. By the time students get to Module 6, they will have the chance to either end their online course, or switch to a longer course if they need more help. The sixth module will require students to put “finishing touches” on the comprehensive plan that they created. They will be responsible for writing a reflection about how they will use the tools they were given at their seminar site. They will also have to discuss how they plan to make improvements to the staff training systems at their program. From this point, we go on to Modules 7 through 12. These six modules will only be available for those who request them. They will be based on the best practices of each seminar and how to put them into action at other seminars. It will provide “reinforcement” to those who need it. The curriculum will be the same for all of them since students already learned the content area in previous modules. In Modules 7 to 12, students will discuss how “flipped” classroom environments can be used to identify the best practices in a seminar environment and share those with others. There will be discussions about the “best practices” in each seminar and how they can help other seminar sites make improvements to their program. The detailed outline can be found below.


An Outline for the Online Course

Learning Goals Learning Activities Assessment Activities
Introduction/The Beginning (Module 1)—Learners will understand the “why” behind blended learning in seminar operations. Staff will watch the video by Monique Markoff, and will analyze the literature review on volunteer retention

Discussion: Based on what you learned from the resources, how do you think blended learning could help volunteer retention at your seminar site?

Assignment 1: Staff will be asked to submit a broad “Why” Statement pertaining to the relevance of blended learning in staff training at their seminar site. This “Why” statement should give a how, why, and what example of how to incorporate blended learning at a seminar site. Volunteer retention could be a focal point of this statement.
Blended Learning (Module 2)—Learners will begin to reflect on their own learning philosophy and will begin to establish the framework for blended learning systems in their seminar staff training. View the following videos and participate in a class discussion:

·       Constructivism

·       Learning philosophy

Discussion: After looking at your learning philosophy and the other resources, how do you plan to use blended learning in staff training?

Assignment 2: Develop a learning philosophy and identify how it pertains to blended learning at your seminar site. See how your passion for volunteering connects to the content area, staff training, and current human resource issues in this area. A good learning philosophy should make use of your teaching style and how you plan to make use of it at HOBY through volunteering.
Growth Mindset (Module 3)—Learners will use the growth mindset and discussions to collaborate about their seminar technology training and develop possible solutions to existing problems. Watch a video by Ken Robinson

Dr. Carol Dweck will give a presentation, in person or online, on the importance of the growth mindset

Discussion: How will you use the growth mindset to improve technology training at your seminar site?

Assignment 3: Create an infographic about how you will use the growth mindset to improve your seminar technology training. Make adjustments based on feedback from your colleagues in the organization. Include the following: your “why,” your learning philosophy, and your guidelines for the growth mindset at your seminar site. Examples of infogaphics will be given either online or in person. Students will be asked to use their creative skills to create a design that stretches the imagination.
Digital Tools (Module 4)—Learners will use digital tools to create digital lessons for their seminar sites regarding technology training for staff. Information will be given about digital tools that could be used in staff training.

Learners will be asked to look for the resources that they think will be the most valuable for their site

Discussion: How will you use digital tools at HOBY to make an impact in your seminar site and in staff development?

Assignment 4: Design an activity or lesson that contains an unusual use for an online tool in teaching or learning. Students will be asked to “think outside of the box” about e-Portfolios, learning management systems, social media, and others that could be used in a new way. The most obscure idea will be the one that takes the highest score.
Digital Assessments (Module 5)—Learners will design assessment mechanisms to use in their technology training programs at their seminar site. Watch a video about a     “flipped”classroom

Discussion: How will digital tools add to the “flipped” learning environment at your HOBY seminar site? Brainstorm ways that they can solve existing problems in staff development and identify appropriate ways to assess your staff on their fluency with HOBY’s technology programs.

Learners will experiment with designs for an assessment mechanism for their seminar site using these digital tools.

Assignment 5: Design a comprehensive plan for how digital tools can help you accomplish blended learning in your staff training at your seminar site. This plan must be specific to your seminar staff and the audience viewing it. This plan should be posted on Schoology and should include connections and links to all previous assignments you completed in this course. The comprehensive plan should contain the assessment mechanism and explain how it fits the seminar site using it.
Finishing Touches (Module 6) – Learners will continue to discuss and put finishing touches on the assessment designs and plans that they finished.


Learners will continue to make “finishing touches” on their comprehensive plans to make their seminar training better .

Discussion: How will our new program plans change the way we want to train our staff at our seminar site?

Assignment 6: Write a reflection on how your comprehensive plan will come into play at your seminar site. Include writings about how this course improved your ability to train your staff at your seminar site. The reflection should contain references to all of your previous assignments and how they improved your ability to lead staff training.
Best Practices (Modules 7 to 12) – Learners will continue to receive support when they need it for putting staff training together for the comprehensive plan.


Learners will continue to discuss how “flipped” classroom best practices can be used in unfamiliar territory.

Discussion: What are best practices that we can put into play at that can improve our staff training program at our seminar site?

No assignment, but discussion board or chat.

Students will discuss seminar best practices either online or in person. A “best practice” can be defined as something that a seminar site does well that could be duplicated at other seminar sites. Best practices will be shared and new ideas will form.  An endless spirit of collaboration will be fostered through these modules.



Here are a few links to the videos that will be watched during the course.

Blended Learning and the Future of Education

The Flipped Classroom Model

 Ken Robinson: Passion


There will be a few required materials in the second half of this course. These include:

  • Computer
  • Wifi Access
  • Classroom (if necessary)
  • Camera for video chat
  • Printer (for handouts and guides posted online)
  • Microphone
  • Schoology

In closing, for this week’s assignment, I made some additions to my course by adding folders for the second half. I also plan on taking a look at the AVID program and looking for ways I can provide “scaffolding” between each level of this course. I tried to construct my course in a lock-step format that all people can use it. I hope that this will get improved over time. So, with this in mind, this course will provide a little “lagniappe” to those in the HOBY organization who are seeking to improve their skills. “Lagniappe” skills can always give you “a little something extra” when you need it professionally.




Use this code to join the short track: KJGMW-WDX6T

Use this code to join the long track: HW7FQ-SVG5G


T. (2014, May 06). Click here– blended learning and the future of education: Monique Markoff at TEDxIthacaCollege. Retrieved February 06, 2017, from

S. (2013, April 11). Ken Robinson on Passion. Retrieved February 06, 2017, from

M. (2012, May 27). The Flipped Classroom Model. Retrieved February 06, 2017, from


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