Survey creation and process:
I have created a survey to be administered at the introduction of the course I am designing. I have decided to use Google Forms since the platform I will use for the course is Google+ and because I am familiar with Forms. I like Forms because the data is then organized into a Spreadsheet so I could easily analyze participant responses. I used open-ended survey questions and gave instructions at the start of the survey.
Rubric creation and process:
The course that I am designing isn’t designed to have a pass/fail aspect, rather a complete/incomplete. The weekly assigned tasks will be similar across all sessions of the course. Participants will look at a scenario in which they are faced with a question pertaining to their faith. They will be given course material in various forms that would give some background on what their church says about each topic. The assignment is to then locate other sources to formulate their own responses to the questions in the scenarios. The rubric I have designed is not as involved as the rubrics I have designed for my sixth grade students, which include scores for writing mechanics and grammar. Rather than having a point system, I have designed a yes/no type of a rubric; with 3 out of 4 yes marks being the minimum for session completion. Participants may add to their initial work in order to earn a higher score at any point in the course.
Here is the link to the PDF in Google Docs: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By1Vd1anwqBebkRRODVNQ1lldnc/view?usp=sharing
Final Project Progress:
I have done a lot of preparation for this project. Last weekend, I was actually at a retreat so I was able to speak to some experts while I was there. One of the friars is actually teaching an undergrad theology course online for the first time, so we were able to share some tips with one another. He actually gave me some great points to focus on for the course I’m designing and more or less the format for participant output. This course has not been difficult to create as far as outlining the course material. The major challenge for me was developing the means to which participants would demonstrate their new knowledge.
Aside from my research in andragogy, I have also obtained rich content material. I found a book called The Social Media Gospel by Meredith Gould (whom I now follow on Twitter). Her text covers the various social media that could be used in faith formation and how each one functions. I also found a new resource: YouCat. It is a youth version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which after the bible, is the most valuable resource for members of that faith group. It is laid out in the original text, with annotations explaining what the rich text means. I also purchased the study guide because it has valuable questions that go along with the text. I asked about copyright laws because I didn’t find any copyright material in the study guide. I would like to use some of the questions in that book, but might need to contact Igantius Press before doing so. That’s a bridge I will cross when I get closer to fully developing this course!
Lastly, I have spoken to a young adults core member from St. Paul the Apostle parish in Chino Hills. We had a conversation about the various groups within that age group (18-39) and how some on the older end of the spectrum really need something a bit different than those on the younger end. My initial idea was for this course to be geared towards RCIA participants who have been recently baptized and confirmed. Now, I am thinking this could also be opened up towards a young adults group. The core member is willing to work with me in order to make this course outline come to life in the near future.