Online class structure

I’m teaching an online class on youth popular culture this semester. I will be teaching it again over the summer. Now, the class is organized week-by-week like a traditional class. Each week has a theme and there are lectures and assignments. I’m shifting to the module model for the summer. There will be seven modules. I have taught classes in both ways and am convinced that at least in the online environment, the module system works a lot better. It seems to make course objectives and topics stand out more. Students seem to learn better. Each module will have a theme. The number of modules is dependent on the course topic. So the content/theme dictates how the class will be structured. With the week-by-week structure, the course structure was dependent on the calendar (usually 15 weeks of class). I hope this shift will benefit those 150 students taking my class this summer.

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