January 4, 2010
A New Semester
One good thing about college teaching is you only have to deal with specific problem children for four months, then you move on to a new crew. Yes, they usually have the same problems, just different faces. However, it can be really nice to have the new faces.
This semester, I am smokin‘ hot! We had a meeting on online staff at the start of the year, and we agreed it would be a good idea to have our classes actually available to students a week before classes started. The reasoning behind this was that online education and online students were different from live students, and they needed extra time to get the ball rolling and get themselves together and settle in. For some reason, people felt online students couldn’t go to the bookstore and wait for the first day for the syllabus like everybody else. Whatever.
The point is, I did it. I got the classes open a whole week early, despite having to redesign the entire course to address issues of students needing increasing amounts of structure and hand-holding to get through material, despite digging up more online activities for them to complete, despite having to re-record many of my own presentations to be available in the trendy format of the podcast. Despite issues with Blackboard, and the college servers, and my own access. I did it! We are up and running! Woo-hoo!
Here’s hoping the students put as much energy into the classes. Stay optimistic!