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MERLOT Award Winner in Information Technology: Zen and the Art of Internet Reading (and Writing)

Larry Press (CSUDH, USA)
Session Information
April 10, 2013 - 1:30pm
Faculty and Student Development
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Applied Use (technology or pedagogy)
Institutional Level: 
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Celebrity 5
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Information Session 5
Virtual Session
MERLOT Session
MERLOT Classics Award Winner

This presentation is on modular teaching material and the modules I use in my course Digital Literacy in the Internet Era. I’ll talk about my modules and their implementation, modules in general, MOOCs and things I haven’t figured out yet – maybe you can help.

Extended Abstract

I teach a course on Digital Literacy in the Internet Era using around 100 modules, each focused on one or a few concepts – like sections in a textbook chapter.

I will describe my modules and their implementation, using the module “Zen and the Art of Internet Writing (and Reading)” as an example, then discuss the advantages and disadvantages of modular material, levels of module granularity and the problems (aka “opportunities”) of scalability to MOOC proportions, discoverability and community formation among faculty teaching the same course.

My modules and other material are under a Creative Commons license.

Lead Presenter

Larry Press is an award winning teacher who has worked in academia and industry. He has done research and practical work in many areas, including the use of technology in education. Dr. Press has advocated modular teaching material for years. For example, in a 1994 Communications of the ACM article on Tomorrow's Campus, he said teaching modules -- "small, focused presentation objects that can easily be combined and cross-indexed" would displace monolithic textbooks. It hasn’t happened (yet), but since that time he has developed two modular courses and written a number of papers on the topic. For more on his work in this and other areas, check his Google Plus profile or his Web home page.