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British Literature Moodle Proposal

British Literature Moodle Proposal

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Shaina Johnston eLearning Proposal 11/1/2009 
Moodle and British Literature
Shaina JohnstonPolicies and Procedures for eLearning ProgramseLearning Proposal
Moodle and British Literature
E-Learning for the Classroom
“As the new economy requires more and more people to lear 
n new knowledge and skills in atimely and effective manner, the advancement of computer and networking technologies areproviding a diverse means to support learning in a more personalized, flexible, portable, and on-de
mand manner.” (Nunamaker 2004 p.
76) As we continue to develop our students to enter intothis ever changing world, we need to be willing to accept new and changing elements into ourclassrooms. Technology has become a norm for any work place environment and students whohave already used technology to succeed in a class are going to be more comfortable using it tosucceed at a job.
“As we [pass] the halfway mark of the new millennium’s first decade, the
nature of the Internet, and just as importantly, the people using the Internet, has begun to change.These changes are sweeping across entire industries as a whole and are not unique to education;indeed, in many ways education has lagged behind some of these trends and is just beginning to
feel their wake.” (Downes 2005 p. 2).
 E-Learning for an entire class is not something to be afraid of but to embrace. Often peopleare distracted by the title e-
Learning but “essentially, e
-learning is another way of teaching andlearning. In its broadest definition, e-Learning includes instruction delivered via all electronicmedia including the Internet, intranets, extranets, satellite broadcasts, audio/video tape,interactive TV, and CD-
ROM.” (Govindasamy 2002 p.
289). We already use e-Learningeveryday in our classrooms and as we continue to support technology in the classroom we needto broaden our horizon to an all online class with ability to have traditional learning as needed.
Current Program and Modifications Needed
Currently within the Cherry Creek School District an online suite for high school studentscalle
d “Plato”
is our only real all online learning tool. Plato is an online database of programsthat take students through all the steps of completing a course and gives them the credit for thatcourse once they have completed a series of tests and quizzes. Plato works well for classes thatare basic and straight forward and do not require a lot of discussion or teacher-lead instruction.Students learn the material and prove they know it. Basic and simple. My proposal is to add tothe Plato collection by introducing a Senior Level Language Arts course in the form of BritishLiterature.The new course that I am proposing would consist of the basic tests and quizzes alreadyfound in the online course material, but it would also provide a platform for discussion andprojects as well. I believe that this addition will lead to superior assessment of the knowledgegained by the students, requiring that they apply this knowledge to major projects as well asstandard tests. I also think that this would expand the Plato program into something more
interactive for the students that would actually challenge their thinking and communicatingskills.
Advantages/ Challenges of E-Learning
E-learning is a new field that will allow students to take advantage of classes on theirown schedule and at their own pace. It will allow students who may struggle with the workloadof a Senior Level English class to take it over the course of a year as opposed to a semester. Thiswill also enable students to begin taking college credit courses during normal school hours andstill complete their high school credits at the same time. There is not necessarily a maximumnumber of students that can take these courses since they will complete them at their own paceand not be working as a whole class.With eve
ry “great scenario” there are also negatives. A few negatives of eLearning are thatstudents will lose the “class time” that is found in a traditional classroom and the discussions that
come out of that time. They will also miss out on basic social skills that are developed throughworking in a traditional classroom setting.
Goals/Intended Outcomes of Proposed E-Learning Course
My primary goal is to make this course (and others that will hopefully follow) moreaccessible to students regardless of their background or schedule. Students will be ableto participate online while not having to fit a set class period into their schedules.2.
I am also looking to make more students passionate about British Literature andLiterature in general through this course and the classics that we will study. I think 
everyone is a reader, some just haven’t realized it yet.
Selected Model of eLearning
The model I am going to implement for this project is called Blended Learning. BlendedLearning is a design model that allows for the atypical self-paced learning of online courses butalso applies a firm foundation of deadlines, group work, and synchronous discussion times. Ifeel that when working with high school students who have most likely not taken an onlinecourse befor
e, simply saying “here are your tasks to accomplish by the end of the year” is not
going to help them with their work ethic. There is a risk that most of those high school studentswould put off the entire workload until the week it was due.In the Blended Model, students would still have opportunities to select their own learningtimes but it would be on a week to week basis as opposed to the entire semester. Students wouldhave a synchronous session that they would need to be at or view at a later time but would haveto make or attend at least once in order to receive credit for the course. Students would also beresponsible for group work and fulfilling their roles within the group in order to earn individualgrades; this also will help keep students at a even pace and not lagging behind. This Model also
includes Assessments to test students’ knowledge and Supplemental Material to allow students to
research beyond the traditional texts to discover things on their own. In short, it is the best

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