I have finished creating an online version of ENH235 -- Gothic Literature. Since I developed the course using OERs (Open Educational Resources), most of the course material involves older works, which can be used without copyright restrictions. This works out well for the course since most of the course competencies relate to these older works. However, the students need to be able to apply what they have learned about the historical development of gothic literature to a modern work. I decided to give the students a lot of latitude in selecting their modern gothic works (TV show, movie, novel, graphic novel, etc.), but I anticipate that this latitude might make this final project difficult for the students. So, I plan to observe the students work in this area (including their questions, etc.) and to survey them about this specific issue. Using what I learn, I plan to revamp this last module based on the assessment results.
Results Summary: i was pleased with how well the final project went. The students were much more engaged than in some of the earlier modules. I think this was because they got to choose.
Sounds like a great plan, Susan. There is a substantial amount of brain-based research supporting when students make their own choices to achieve a common assignment/competency. I applaud your efforts and look forward to the results!
This sounds really fun and entertaining for students, since they can observe the progression of Gothic elements into modern day. My only worry would be a confusion between Gothic and garrish details in modern television shows. ~commenting as Joyce Gallagher
Good results, Susan! And I am confident your assumptions are accurate!