Rebuilding Arcadia Series - Module One - Introduction

Course Description

Rebuilding Arcadia explores a steampunk world where you interact with characters of your choice.  As an interdisciplinary course, it covers themes across multiple subjects.

Themes include:

  • the construction and loss of identity
  • freedom and responsibility
  • the nature of power
  • relationships and community

Student Learning Outcomes

Skills students can aim for include:

  • flexible thinking
  • enhanced cognitive skills (including knowledge about cognitive tasks)
  • greater tolerance for ambiguity
  • ability to synthesize information
  • improved critical thinking skills
  • strategic knowledge 
  • self-knowledge (knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses as a learner)

First Steps for Students

This series is designed for intermediate/advanced students of English and anyone interested in:

  • Political Philosophy
  • Political Theology
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • History
  • Literature and Creative Writing
  • Social Science Fiction/the Steampunk genre

After you sign-up to a CourseCraft account you'll be contacted by a teacher and encouraged to complete a Needs Assessment Form.  

This will help us adapt lessons to your academic level and interests.

Depending on student numbers, you may be invited to participate in a study group. 

Course Lessons List

Introduction and Resources
Icebreaker Activity - Your Study Habits
What is Self-Regulated Learning?
Why focus on Self-Regulated Learning?
Group Calendars, Materials and Lesson Tasks
Evaluating your Learning - Levels 1-3
Evaluating your Learning - Levels 4-5
Neo-Victorianism and the Steampunk Genre
Principles for Interpreting Art
Character Analysis - Academic Journal Task 1
Interpreting Art - Academic Journal Task 2
Working Definitions - Academic Journal Task 3
Introduction to Steampunk
Suggested Steampunk Readings
Creating your own Knowledge Base
Chapter One - Utopia
Introduction to Reading Strategies

I'm a student and I'd like to review the course and offer feedback. Do you offer discounts in return?

Feedback is always welcome. Please contact us through the website - - to find out more.

I'm a teacher and I'd like to offer feedback/collaborate on the course. Is this possible?

Certainly. All feedback and assistance is very much appreciated. Please contact us through the website for more details.

I'd like to join a study group so we can all get a discount on the course. How do I do this?

Please use the Contact Page on our website for your request. If you have the email address of a teacher, you can contact them also. Discounts apply when 3 or more students enrol.

I'm a teacher, can we discuss teaching strategies for this course?

Yes, please use the Contact Form for your initial request.

I've enrolled but can't see any lessons. What's wrong?

Lessons are published in a drip-feed cycle, so they're available 1-5 days after enrollment. You'll receive an email notification each time a new lesson is published. We're always adding new materials based on student feedback.

I'm having trouble navigating the course/having technical problems. Help!

Please contact us with as much detail as possible. We'll try to help. CourseCraft staff are available for live online chats, and they've published help-sheets on how to use the CourseCraft platform!

Can I get an Academic Journal Task marked?

Yes, your Academic Journal Tasks will be marked if you book an add-on or a private lesson with a teacher. To book a lesson visit the Calendar and Announcements Page of our site. Add-ons are visible inside the course itself.

What is the focus of this course and why are you teaching it?

This course is part of a research project into Self-regulated Learning. We need your feedback on what works well, what needs to be explained in more detail, and what you'd like to change.

Can we connect on Social Media?

Yes, you can. Please follow Kayley on Goodreads. Other teachers will have their own social media accounts, contact them directly for more information. If you don't have their details use the Contact Page.

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Course Levels - Differentiation in the Online Classroom

The course follows the chapters in Rebuilding Arcadia and lets students complete tasks on 5 different levels.  

For example, a task at Level 1 may introduce reading strategies and test reading comprehension.  

Level 2 tasks encourage students to write freely on a given topic, in a Creative Journal.  

At Level 3, students are given an open-ended question and expected to read a series of articles or book extracts before responding.  

Level 4 tasks usually involve group discussions. Students often draw on theories and research from multiple disciplines. A higher degree of fluency in their chosen subject and independence are expected.  

Level 5 tasks will include written assessments and group presentations, graded by age or year level. 

Student Groups

If you choose to study in a group or participate in discussions, your teacher will need to know some basic information about your level and age.  The categories below are a guide only.

Student Groups:

ESL student (under 18)

Year 10 SOSE student (research group)

University student (needing extra tuition in History and Politics)

Adult ESL student (with prior subject knowledge)

Mature-age student (interested in learning and keeping intellectually active)

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One-Time Payment

$500 once

Payment Plan

5 payments of $110/month