Post secondary writing is becoming an increasing important element for student success. The purpose of this activity is for students to research a topic or topics, create some university courses based on their topic(s), choose courses from the many created by their classmates, and then submit a proposal to try to persuade the online university to accept it. This is also a great way to get your students thinking about higher education in a creative, engaging way.
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Critical Areas Addressed:
- Creative Writing (creating courses & proposing it)
- Critical Thinking (researching & determining courses to take)
- Creativity (choosing topics & creating courses)
Included in Bundle:
- My Online University Teacher Tips (3-pages)
- Brainstorming handout (1-page)
- Brainstorming Example handout (1-page)
- Course Descriptions handout (1-page; 2 per page)
- Course Descriptions Example handout (1-page; 2 per page)
- My Weekly Planner handout (1-page)
- Guidelines & Extensions handout (1-page)
- Semester Course Schedule handout (2-pages)
- Semester Course Schedule Example handout (2-pages)
- Major Proposal Form handout (1-page)
- Major Proposal Form Example handout (1-page)
- Banner Template One (1-page; 2 per page)
- Banner Template Two (1-page; 2 per page)
- Grading Rubric (1-page)
Not Included in Bundle:
- Technological device for researching
- Scratch piece of paper for “gallery walk”
Read through all of the teacher tips and copy off the needed documents. You may also find the “Guidelines & Extensions” handout helpful for details.
The basic idea for this writing activity is for students to research and create course options for an online university. The online university is a unique university because it allows individuals to create and submit courses. In addition, it allows students to choose courses created by others, choose a major, and then submit their idea for approval from the online university.
Introduce higher education and talk about terms such as credits, semester, courses, majors, etc. Get your students excited about the activity by playing a few popular university Alma mater songs. If possible, share your Alma mater song and/or talk about your experiences with post-secondary education.
Inform your students that they will be researching a topic or topics of their choice and be creating at least two courses to be offered at the online university. Topics can be anything that is of interest to the students such as cars, rainbows, sharks, periodic table of elements, dinosaurs, the Civil War, the Great Barrier Reef, etc. You could also have students focus on a topic related to a specific focus of instruction as well.
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