In October 2010 I developed an eLearning module for teaching young children from age 10-14 to write their stories. The pilot module had only 10 students enrolled. Interesting insights and lessons learnt were captured from this process. It served as a basis for comparison and understanding the limitations and potential of eLearning environments for different age groups. The general conclusion is that a blended model has to be used for children and teenagers, and in keeping with research in social media and eLearning, there needs to be a community built for an eLearning module to work.
In 2012, as part of my course assignment, I developed a writing module for ages 16 and above. It is called Writing Critically. It takes the approach of telling stories from your life by using Hemmingway’s method of writing truthfully and simply. The course will also help you find your own particular voice in the layers of cultural, social-political influence of how we have lived our lives. For this module, we are limiting the scope to stories from your childhood. This module will be used by a small of group of students in Spring 2013, and will subsequently be offered as a regular course.
In 2017, I will be working to develop a digital environment for a local educational establishment.