Teaching Choral Literature as an onlline web course
Date: November 5, 2010
Several semesters ago I did a directed-study of Choral Literature with a student entirely on line. With access to the Naxos Listening LIbrary through our University Library and access to pdf files of many scores through CPDL and my own copies of public domain materials, I found it to be a successful experience for the student and myself. Our University employs the Blackboard distance learning portal which makes online chat and discussions possible, so I am considering offering Choral Literature in a few years as a completely web-based online course for all students. I think a History and Literature course such as this offers the best opportunity for me to develop an online course. I use Blackboard to supplement all of my classes but have never offered a course exclusively online for the entire class, so this will be a first if we go through with it.
I would like to hear from any of you who have experience with this or any other music class as an online course. What was your process? How did it work for you? Have you continued to do that with the same course? Have you added more courses as online courses - if so what courses? Could you share with me your syllabi and class schedules and the types of assignments you have used successfully?
How was your experience in the online class? Did you feel that you were able to master the material as well as if you had been in a traditional classroom setting? Did you take the course in undergraduate or graduate classes (or both)? What do you recommend as good procedures for student learning in such a class? Can you send me a syllabus or other materials (with the instructor's approval)?
This is the world in which we teach, time to find a way to benefit from the new technologies.
Grace and peace,
Larry Smith, Professor of Music
Missouri Baptist University
One College Park Drive
St. Louis MO 63141
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