Jane Slemon will be speaking at the 2013 MoodleMoot in Vancouver. Jane is a sessional lecturer at Emily Carr University since 1997, Jane teaches English and Human Science. Her Moodle Science courses–“Shape, Function and Metaphor: the Organs of the Human Body” and “Heart, Mind, Health: Learning from the Human Body”–run in fully-online and hybrid formats and feature cross-discipline metaphor and analogy. Slemon is also an RN and a musician with two CDs of original and traditional music.
Student comments along in reflection of the online experience and their experience of a new science course.
Re: “Heart, Mind, Health: Learning From the Human Body” SCIE 300:S090&S091. In the 8-9th week of the course, students were asked, How?s the course going for you? And what are your hopes for the latter weeks of the course. Here are a few of their responses:
- Meriliese: Everyone seems to be really helpful and are very enthusiastic in participating in group discussions, which I appreciate. I find myself learning a lot more and remembering what I learn when I read and comment on people’s responses every week. I find that when they tie the readings into their own personal experiences, I am able to relate to it and remember it more quickly because I’m able to make the connections.
- Sarah: I was weary about taking an online course since a previous online course left a sour taste in my mouth. This course is refreshing, exciting and easy to understand; however, not too easy. It still challenges me and makes me think. I find that I am passing on this information to my family and have engaged in dialogues at home about this material. Science has never been my strong suit, but the material here is presented in a more friendly fashion. I find the forums really help out as well.
- Soo Yeun: The most interesting reading was the ‘Week 5. Sex and Science.’ The relationship between orgasm and the brain was new information for me and very interesting. The knowledge that I learned from this course seem very helpful to my art practice as well. I could notice that lots of artists or art students have concepts that related to sciences and I would like to create arts with the concept in the future.
- Joyce: Everything in this course is delivered at the perfect dose. I’ve taken another online course before, and the reading material was just too much to swallow.
- Dorcas: We use observation procedures, medical facts, and subject matter from science but we do not have to let it limit the exploration. The science can then be as much as our memory and imagination allows. We can use analogy and imagine why the human body functions the way it does.
- Hui Tzo: Although it’s an online course, I still excited about each week’s lecture same as other class in school. The small group forum allowed me to know my classmates more through each discussions. The big group discussion allowed me to gather many information other than lecture. I like the variety of this online class.
- Drew: Still, I have to say, the first part of the class has been REALLY interesting — so I think that I should trust your judgment about what to choose in the second half. I have especially loved the photos and videos of the body. I still can’t believe how great the inside of my nose is!
- Nicole: I truly have enjoyed everything that has been discussed. I have veered off the path of science so much in the past few years that I was left with a lot of questions, especially as of late. This class came at a great time for me. It’s also my first online course, and although it’s harder to remember and keep up, I love it. I like that I can go at my own pace and that everyone has a voice and an opinion that can be easily heard.
Pre-conference: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Conference: Wednesday, February 13 – Friday, February 15, 2013