History of Film Online Course Design
After receiving certification to be a Quality Matters (QM) instructional designer, I adapted a face-to-face lecture for Canvas, an online learning management platform used by New Mexico State University. I also taught the course online for two semesters.
- Distinguish various historic film movements, terminology, key people, and innovations that have contributed to the development of the global film industry.
- Analyze and interpret aspects of film history and how films have shaped and been shaped by society, politics, and the film industry itself.
- Clearly describe film eras and genres and their influence on the films being viewed.
- Create a dialogue with other learners debating the importance and impact of certain films and their presence in historical and current events.
- Build course site according to QM rubric.
- Clarify student expectations with weekly instructor check-in posts.
- Implement weekly reading comprehension quizzes.
- Create discussion questions asking students to respond to questions raised in film screening and/or reading and bring in questions of their own.
- Require students to respond to at least two classmates.
- Assess student writing and analysis through midterm essay and final projects (research paper on a topic in film history or video project utilizing themes/techniques from a historical filmmaker).
Results and Resolutions
- Students struggled to submit discussion posts and assignments on time due to irregular employment schedules. Resolution: Push deadline back from early evening to midnight.
- Students found assignment instructions confusing to follow. Resolution: Simplify instructions and include examples.
The Oval Literary Magazine
As the Design and Layout Editor for The Oval, an undergraduate literary magazine at The University of Montana, I helped create the cover design and organize the internal content for the fourth and fifth volumes.