For the Luther MOOC, we did something we haven’t done for a MOOC before: we built a set!
This set was comprised of five 4×8 white panels and two 2×8 white panels, called Hollywood flats. We found resources online and from area professionals about how to build the Hollywood flats. I built a 3D model in Trimble SketchUp, so we could determine the angle and placement in the room.
The flats we built from lumber purchased at Home Depot, and cut all the lumber in 640 Lincoln. We then assembled the flats and stage jacks. Stage jacks are screwed to the flats and are used to keep the flats upright and from falling over.
After the flats were screwed and stapled together, we painted them white with a paint roller.
We then arranged them in a C shape in the classroom, attached the stage jacks and put sandbags on the jacks to keep the set upright.
We taped over the gaps between flats, and then overlaid a 24 foot long stencil of a timeline over the flats, and painted a colorful timeline onto the white wall.
We added black sticker text to the timeline for various relevant events to the content of the course, Luther and the West.
We had never built a set prior to this, so we learned so much! We look forward to our next opportunity to build a set!