Fanfiction: Engaged Learners Meeting Language Arts and Technology Standards

My final project for EDTC 6102 in the Seattle Pacific University Digital Educational Leadership Master’s Degree Program involved applying the ASSURE instructional design model to an existing unit. I believed that the Fanfiction Project I had done for many years in my middle school language arts classes would be enhanced by applying the ASSURE model. I had never required students to use technology (beyond word processing) for this project. However, a number of my students exceeded project requirements, using technology (audiovisual elements) in ways that greatly enhanced the reader’s experience of their writing. The superb work of these students was the basis for the reworking of the project criteria. The new project involves 1) students extending and sharing their knowledge of the elements of literature as they function in an independent novel chosen by the student for this project and 2) students using technology to create and share an original work of fiction writing that is enhanced by their application of new technology operations and concepts.

The ASSURE model helped me to be more aware of the intentionality and evaluation of the scaffolding of assignments for this project. I would recommend using the ASSURE instructional design model to build new project-based learning units, as well as to evaluate existing units to determine how they can be enhanced. Documenting my application of the ASSURE model guided me through the production of a piece of writing that reminded me of the work I see published in language arts scholarly journals (NCTE: Voices from the Middle and English Journal). I am thrilled to have produced a piece of writing in this style about my work.

The use of technology in this project had a positive impact on student engagement with the learning in this unit. This project resulted in high levels of achievement in creativity and innovation (ISTE Standards for Students 1). Although each element of this project could have been accomplished without technology, the technology choices streamlined the learning experiences and seamlessly incorporated the learning of technology operations and concepts (ISTE Standards for Students 6).

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Resources

  1. Smaldino, S. E., Lowther, D. L., & Russell, J. D. (2012). Instructional technology and media for learning (10th ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.

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