Updated (May 17): I have already shared (in my previous two posts) my summer syllabus as well as the homepage of my new business law course–both the desktop and Canvas app versions. Next, I shall delve into the details of my course modules, beginning with Module 1 (“Introduction to the Course”). For your reference, screenshots of the desktop and Canvas app versions of Module 1 are pictured below the fold. In summary, since the Summer A session at my university has six weeks, I decided to divide my course into six modules (one per week). The first module has three parts: (1) Syllabus, Academic Activity, and Theme Song, (2) Videos, (3) and Tiger King Stuff. Here, I shall summarize the contents of each part and explain the logic of my design choices:
- Syllabus, Academic Activity, and Theme Song. The first few items students will see when they now open Module 1 are the syllabus, an academic activity, a theme song as well as some introductory videos. Links to the Syllabus, the Academic Activity, and the Videos are also prominently displayed on the homepage. The theme song and the section on “Tiger King Stuff” are little surprises or rewards for those students who actually bother to go into Module 1. I include a theme song (“Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses, one of my favorite rock songs from when I was in college) in order to stoke everyone’s “animal spirits” and keep up morale. (Also, I have been teaching at the university level for 20 years, and as two generations of students can attest to, I have always liked to begin my lectures with some music.)
- Videos. Because this is an online course, I created my own YouTube channel (it’s called “Tiger Law Prof”) in order to record and upload short videos for each module of the course. By posting these videos on YouTube, I can also keep track of how many students are actually watching my videos. I recorded my first set of videos in my home office, using my bookcase as a background. Alas, I will be the first to say that my videos are pretty boring, for I am still learning how to edit videos and sex them up with images and graphics. In the meantime, I will use other techniques to make my videos more engaging and entertaining, perhaps by filming some of them outdoors and in other unexpected locations.
- Tiger King Stuff. Because I am using the docuseries “Tiger King” to explore the legal and ethical environments of business, I devoted the third and last subsection of Module 1 to all things Tiger King, including a YouTube video (the official preview of the series), a beautifully-written magazine article (a critical review of Tiger King that was published in The New Yorker), as well as some Wikipedia entries, one for Joe Exotic’s “Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park” and another for Carole Baskin’s “Big Cat Rescue.”