Reflection on Class: 8/31/11 09/01/2011
Although there were some things I would have liked to go more smoothly last night, I think the first class started off pretty well. I want to share some of my reflections.
First, I am infamous for having a lesson plan that is a little too long (I guess it is like food at a party, I don't want to run out). However, I know it caused a little unease because people are not sure about what needs to be done for next week...I'll explain more below.
Second, I really appreciated everyone's patience as I figure out how to balance both f2f and online students during a synchronous meeting. I've been teaching online and hybrid courses for 10+ years; however, all of the online ones have been asynchronous. Specifically, I want to apologize to some of my f2f students for cutting them off when I had the "ah oh" moment of "I need to engage the online students." Online students, I'm playing with a way to get audio working better for next week (both incoming and outgoing). Finally, I apologize about not being on top of the chat; however, that was a weird techno-glitch and then the back up computer didn't let me on so I couldn't be logged in twice to watch and respond. However, all of these types of glitches are very normal for teaching with technology; we'll just roll with it and I appreciate any creative responses you all have as well as my own funky brainstorming.
In the ticket out you all mentioned the following issues/topics as things of concern or interest for further discussion: accessibility, instructional design, blogs & other technologies, upcoming assignments (near and far), SoTL, and keeping students engaged. I am going to post another "here is what I need you to do before next week" blog posting; however, we'll start next week with detailed discussion of the syllabus and course assignments. The other topics, these are key parts of the class...we'll be covering them lots!
I want you all to know that I am really excited about this class, I loved the dialogue and chat last night and I really appreciate the comments you made in the "ticket out" survey. Finally, I wanted to share the results of our first round of brief introductions.
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