Author:
Ginger Jones, Ph.D.
Subject:
Literature
Material Type:
Full Course
Level:
Community College / Lower Division, Adult Education
Tags:
Evaluation, LOUIS Peer Review, Rubric, Template, louis-peer-review
License:
Creative Commons Attribution
Language:
English
Media Formats:
Downloadable docs

Education Standards

Intro to Fiction, Fall 2003

Overview

This is a review of MIT Introduction to Fiction, Fall 2003 coursehttps://louis.oercommons.org/courses/21l-003-introduction-to-fiction-fall-2003 completed by Ginger Jones, Professor of English LSU Alexandria

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Comprehensiveness

This course has a clear and enthusiastic syllabus that explains what is expected of students and how class time will be spent.  Students read eight novellas in sixteen weeks, so the reading is brisk, but they should appreciate the lengths and superb and diverse selection that includes contemporary as well as classic works.  I did not find any short stories among the selections, though the course description mentions them. And while there were two novels built around military men, in my opinion they are not about war but about “violence and violation” as the syllabus calendar states. There are four well-designed writing assignments of five pages each that would I think inspire students, who are carefully directed to close readings, recognition of images and themes, plot analysis, and narrative closure. While there is no grading rubric for assignments, there is a sentence or two about what will be considered in grading the submissions. This is a well-planned, comprehensive course.     

Content Accuracy

All of the downloads are from Gutenberg, but a quick check found several online in PDF files (I did not check all of them), which could be checked for accessibility.  The novels are separated into one of four topics pertinent to each novel’s theme.  

Relevance Longevity

The careful selection of texts and the through writing assignments make this introductory course continuously relevant, though updates to the Gutenberg downloads would make the assignments easier to read, as would hyperlinks to relevant literary terms.    

Clarity

Complex philosophical and literary concepts are organized thoughtfully, making both accessible for readers encountering them for the first time.  I would hyperlink those concepts to the Penn State Online Writing Lab (OWL) because of its clear introduction to literary analysis.

Consistency

Language is uncomplicated and consistent with a first- or second-year college course.

Modularity

While the texts are studied under key assignments, those could be placed under headers. Still, students should have no problem understanding what is to be studied and for which reason.  The course is well-organized, though could be updated with hyperlinks, as I’ve mentioned before.  

Organization Structure Flow

The course is systematic in its presentation. 

Interface

There is one interesting image, but otherwise little compelling interface like hyperlinks or graphic elements.

Grammatical Errors

There were no grammatical errors

Cultural Relevance

Cultural varieties are represented.