Instructor's Page

Why am I designing this site?
The purpose of this site is to educate adults of aspects of Catholic spirituality through the use of a variety of written texts.  Many of these texts are classics in the literature on Catholic spirituality.  This site can be used in an adult education course in the area of religion or spirituality.  The site serves another purpose -- that is, to give praise to God through the use of electronic media, to help people find rest and respite during their day, and to help people understand God's unconditional love for them.

Who is the learner audience who will be doing/using/viewing/listening/reading/manipulating the site?
The targeted audience for this site are young adults or adults with some background in spirituality (in order to understand the content of these pages, although students new to spirituality are welcome.)  I am assuming that there is an interest in the area of spirituality and perhaps Catholic spirituality in particular.  The blind have been considered in the design of the site -- codes have been added to help the blind and an 18 pt. font has been used throughout the site.  This site has no sound so the deaf should be able to use the site as it is.

What are the minimum technical requirements required to use the site?
Users need at least a 28.8K modem (56K would be better), a browser of at least Netscape 3.0 and above or the equivalent, a connective speed of at least 33K with the modem, and a memory consistent with the operating system and the configuration of the machine (32 or 64 MB, etc.).  Blind users need a screen reader to use the site.

What are the goals and anticipated outcomes of this site?
The overarching goals for the unit and activity include a greater understanding of Catholic spirituality and that the site will act as a catalyst for further questions about spirituality.  The content goals are to gain more insights and ideas about the area of spirituality/Catholic spirituality.  The measurable/demonstrable goals are that students learned wisdom for their spiritual journeys, that they may use certain prayers from the site in their lives, that more questions concerning spirituality have been generated, and that students may use the site and/or their new knowledge to help others in their spiritual journeys.  The affective/motivational goal is to have this site motivate people to delve further into their spirituality and/or help others to do so, and the communication goals are to talk, read, write, and think more about these ideas and communicate with others about their spirituality.  Finally, I hope that students will be motivated to action -- such as praying more -- and that people will enjoy the site and tell their friends about it.

What or how will the information presented be processed?
I anticipate users possessing all the learning styles -- auditory; visual; kinesthetic/psychomotor; right brain/left brain; social styles; thinking, intuitive, sensing, or feeling mode; and multiple intelligences.  Thus, the information will be processed using whatever ways are the individuals' strengths or dominant modes and perhaps others as well.  There is no sound for this site so learners will not be using the auditory mode.  I hope that people with all learning styles can find ways to enjoy and use this site successfully.

What teaching strategies will be used?
A mixture of collaborative/cooperative and discovery learning will be employed in the adult education course.  There are some facets concerning Catholic spirituality such as saints' lives and experiences, beliefs, teachings and truths, etc., which are factual information.  Yet, personal spiritual experiences will be emphasized in the course.  Thus, a mixture of collaborative/cooperative and discovery will be used to support and help participants towards factual and experiential learning.

What will be the roles of all the participants for each part of the WWW site?
For the learner/student -- to browse, think, question, and learn about ideas on the site.  Participants may be asked to journal their insights and feelings generated by the texts, share in small groups about their previous or present experiences with spirituality, teach others using their knowledge about spirituality and encourage others in their spiritual growth in this area, etc.  Students may browse the site, print out the prayers and use them during their prayer time, such as "centering prayer" or the "prayers of St. Therese."  Students may use this site as an archival resource for their spiritual development.  For the administrator of the WWW site -- to update the text of the site or make any necessary changes due to feedback.  There may be other duties for the site administrator to carry out as they become apparent.

Under what conditions or where will the WWW site be used?
The site, an archive of resources for spiritual development, can be used in the classroom, home, office, or kiosk as a learning tool.  In the classroom, the site can be used to generate discussion, group prayer, debates, etc.  Outside the classroom, the site can be used at learners' leisure for pondering, praying, meditation, etc.

What issues do you anticipate will come up?
I anticipate that some participants will not understand fully some of the prayers, insights, etc., on this site.  Thus, I am anticipating some need for clarification of the content and e-mailing me is certainly available.  However, I hope that students persevere in their search for understanding and grasping of the insights and in their personal faith journeys.

What types of assessment will you use?
(I have a personal/internal assessment page because I believe it is important for participants to reflect on the site.)  The personal/internal assessment page will ask the participants to reflect on whether they have learned some wisdom for their spiritual journeys, whether they may use certain prayers from the site, whether more questions about spirituality were generated, and whether students used or anticipate using the site and/or their knowledge to help others in their spiritual journeys.  I shall possibly alter the page and the course as a result of this assessment.

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