May 29, 2020
Tracey Gau, PhD., shares an eLearning module she used for seniors in English IV Honors.
“Building on the foundational work in blended learning in which I engaged at the University of North Texas, I created an eLearning module for a text on the ENGL IV Honors syllabus: Aphra Behn's Oroonoko (1688),” notes Dr. Gau. “It is a short novel (under 100 pages) written by the first black female novelist in 1688. It is part memoir -- a personal, eyewitness account; part travel narrative --from Africa, across the middle passage, to the colony world; and part biography -- of a hero in the classic epic style. It has something to offer everyone.
“The module I created capitalizes on some eLearning tools, such as short video clips and online reading/vocabulary quizzes, that enable students to master lower-level learning objectives first before beginning to dialog with others. I've found that building students' competence on the basics of a text builds their confidence as they approach higher-level learning activities,” she explains. "The components of the module, I believe, can be adapted to face-to-face learning (or a blend of eLearning and face to face) as well as to a variety of teaching and learning styles. In other words, teachers can adopt the entire module, select parts of it "buffet style" and/or appropriate pieces to gear toward the appropriate grade-level instruction (9-12).
Outline of basic components:
- Intro Google Slide Presentation on Restoration Period and Aphra Beh
- Classroom on Demand Video on Aphra Behn by Virginia Woolf
- Edpuzzle video exercise "The Middle Passage"
- Opening reading and annotating assignment
- Discussion Post on Schoology based on reading annotations
- Two Online Quizzes over intro material, vocabulary, and reading
- Reading Composition writing assignment
- Edpuzzle video: "What's an Annotated Bibliography?"
- Annotated Bibliography assignment
- Research Report (2-3 pages)