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
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