Using MOO's to Foster Literary Understanding

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Intent

  • To introduce the possibilities of a MOO/MUD as a pedagogical tool, with a specific focus on existing literature and writing curriculums.

Needs Assessment

Instructional Problem

Teachers of literature and writing, regardless of where they are in their professional careers, are always seeking to hone their practice. Teachers are adopting or modifying pedagogical approaches in order to help students engage with texts and construct meaning. When a teacher introduces a classical work, such as A Midsummer Night's Dream or A Tale of Two Cities, the text might be difficult for students, especially struggling readers. However, the ultimate goal of the instructor is to facilitate deep literary understanding.

How can the pairing of technology and effective teaching strategies help students see beyond the surface?

Can teacher-facilitated MOOs help students develop deep literary understanding?


About the Learners

  • The intended learners for this course are teachers of English (grades 9-12).

Instructional Context

This mini course is an introduction to MOOs (or Multi-user Object Oriented systems). We will explore the role in which this technology can enrich students' understanding of literary works.


Instructional Content

The intended learners will explore:

1. Why this form of technology might resonate with the twenty first century, adolescent learner

2. How MOOs have been implemented in meaningful ways by High School teachers and University Professors

3. How they might be able to apply these pedagogical concepts, even if the school lacks technology


Course Goals and Objectives

By the end of this course, learners should be able to:

  • explain what a MOO is
  • list servers or resources that support facilitating literature instruction with MOOs
  • explain how MOOs benefit the reader's understanding
  • list ways in which teachers, regardless of their access to technology, could apply these concepts within their classrooms
  • implement activities in his/her class with MOOs to facilitate literary understanding


Unit Overview

  • Each of the units pose a guiding question that directs learning to a specific aim.
  • Refer to the selected materials and respond to the TAKE NOTES prompts.
  • Units one and two request participation within a discussion forum.
  • Unit three concludes with a multiple choice assessment.

Unit One

What is a MOO, and why is this technology relevent to a twenty first century student of literature?

Unit Two

How can I foster a learner-centered environment of discussion and inquiry using this technology?

Unit Three

How can I apply these pedagogical concepts?

Conclusion

Thank you for reviewing this mini-course. Please utilize the discussion tab at the top of the wikispace, or e-mail Annmarie_Parathiras@hotmail.com to foward comments and suggestions.


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