New award for our online courses
We are proud to announce that one of our online courses, created for Concordia University, ENGL 306 - Tolkien's Old English, was awarded by the International E-Learning Association (IELA) as one of the best academic e-learning products worldwide. The award was announced the ICL Conference in Belfast, UK.
IELA is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practice of e-learning in the classroom and the workplace. With members hailing from every continent—and from the realms of business, industry, government, and academia—the IELA is a vibrant and diverse community of e-learning professionals, researchers, and students.
ENGL 306 - Tolkien's Old English, produced by Professor Stephen Yeager and eConcordia, introduces students to the language by examining specific passages in The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and other Tolkien works that were clearly inspired by classic texts.
Apart from the study materials, the course website offers a wide range of tools, from assignments and evaluations, to discussion boards, collaborative tools, quizzes and games. Additionally, videos and other interactive elements are placed throughout the course, offering students a good opportunity for further online peer interactivity. The course features a number of gamification elements to further engage the students. For example, every lesson has several activities that allow students to earn badges that will unlock a part of a specially created story. While badges give access to the main line of the story, the accompanying bonus flames give students access to extra plot details.
The gaming aspect enables two levels of assessment strategies. While gamification features amplify student engagement, they are not mandatory and can be ignored by the student without any impact on their final grade.The first category of assessments counts towards building the tangible, meaning the automated language skills and critical higher thinking translation competencies, which are directly related to the final grade. The second category of assessments counts towards building the intangible, meaning better habits and behaviors towards long-life learning, which are indirectly related to the final grade.
Collaboration tools have been also created for this course, allowing students to participate in translating, editing, and commenting on each other’s texts. Working together will help students grasp language concepts that are otherwise more difficult to understand.
Congratulations to everybody involved in creating the new generation of eConcordia online courses!