I’ve just finished teaching (and am still marking) a course called Oral Rhetoric. In it students start by telling a 5 minute story from their own experiences to the class. They also are part of a team that presents, in a business-style, the information they need to know how to complete the course assignments, (to make it as ‘real’ as possible). Then they have a series of small assignments that culminate in them recording their story with added music, sound effects, and interview clips and posting it on their online blogs. This year I decided to find out what they thought about various aspects of the course using the form aspect of Google Docs.
I’ve had 21 responses, and I now know what most have as their favorite assignment –
I also know which of their classmates’ assignments they most enjoyed experiencing –
There are some other things I learned, but the most important feedback for me is that they now hear differently; their perception of recorded materials has become more conscious.
What I believe that response means is that they will continue to learn about speaking and being recorded after they’ve finished the course. Their learning will continue to develop.
And that’s my ambition as a teacher – to create long term, independent learners.