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Hybrid course format debuts this spring

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A first-year English Literature class will be taught this spring using a hybrid format that incorporates in-class and online learning, as well as a month-long reflective period to write an essay.

A first-year English Literature class will be taught this spring using a hybrid format that incorporates in-class and online learning, as well as a month-long reflective period to write an essay.

Imagine getting a required humanities credit knocked off your to-do list this summer.

Now imagine one taught by an award-winning professor and with an entire month to finish a major assignment after classes end.

Welcome to ENGL 1F91, English Literature: Tradition and Innovation.

The full-credit course, taught by Dean of Humanities Douglas Kneale, covers the who’s who of English literature from the Middle Ages to the present. And it does it in an innovative way that’s new to Brock’s spring term course offerings.

The course is a hybrid of intensive learning with classes running 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for two weeks followed by a one-month interval that allows students time to reflect on texts they’ve studied and work on an essay free of the demands of daily class.

There is no final exam.

“Because the course is compressed, it would be too much for students to read sonnets in the morning and complete an essay in the afternoon,” said Kneale, who has used this format to teach at the graduate level at another university. “Just worry about reading book nine of Paradise Lost for today. Don’t worry about finishing a paper on it.”

Douglas Kneale

Douglas Kneale

Daily classes with Kneale consist of lectures, seminars with teaching assistants, review and an online assessment.

A portion of the final mark is also allocated to online writing and grammar exercises tailored to the class by Brock’s Essay Zone, which helps students sharpen their writing skills.

The hybrid format ensures the class appeals to all types of learners, Kneale explained.

“It’ll allow us to steep ourselves in the study of literary history, genre and interpretation. For two weeks, we’ll just swim around in a sea of literature,” he said.

During the month-long reflective period, students will be able to contact teaching assistants for help or questions about course material.

Kneale, who won a teaching award when he was at Western, said he’s looking forward to getting back into the classroom.

“I love to keep my hand in teaching and this gives me an innovative way to do it,” he said.

The course is open to 100 students. In addition to being a humanities context credit, Kneale said it’s the perfect gateway course for students hoping to go on in English, either honours or as a double major.

To learn more about this course or other context credits being offered this spring, visit the course listing online.

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