Reflection on Class: 9/7 09/08/2011
I will confess, I left last night’s class frustrated; however, it has nothing to do with you all. You all are engaged, asking great questions, helping one another…it’s all good. I’m just trying to wrap my head around designing and delivering the course in a way that is helpful and “works” for everyone enrolled. Since this is a pedagogy course, I am trying to be very transparent about the what/why/how I am doing things so that you understand the good, the bad, and the ugly (yeah, that first 16 minutes was UGLY). I would greatly appreciate if you give me some feedback on the course design and delivery (I figure doing this type of check every once in a while will be useful).
I wanted to quickly follow-up with some stuff from class. First, I mentioned Quality Matters, the peer –review system, and rubric, for online and hybrid courses. Here is a link to the rubric they use. The rubric is based on a review of research and scholarship on online/hybrid learning and is updated every three years. I will also post an annotated syllabus; I'm trying to figure out the best way to do that and also demo a technology for you as well.
In terms of the ticket out, it seems most of you are feeling better about the course requirements and are excited about the final project. I am also thrilled how many of you are excited about social bookmarking. I <3 social bookmarking! I also know some of you are still confused with social bookmarking and I’m going to make a video to help! (Look for another blog posting.)
As for where you are confused, I appreciate someone catching my typo on the reading assignment for next week! I think most of the concern was about the final project. I’m realizing that I will build in some invention work for you to help develop these projects! We’ll do a little guided exploration next week to help you all get ideas for what you’ll do. As of yet, I do not have any more detailed “assignment prompt” than what is already in the syllabus.
I too was bummed we did not get to the readings as much this week; however, I felt it was more important to set your minds at ease in terms of course requirements. Next week we’ll spend most of our time on “content” (not that we didn’t do a lot of that as well last night…it was just more subtle).
Finally, I appreciate someone’s honest “wail” of running over time. I don’t want to either…so we’ll definitely work on being out on time (maybe even early some times).
PS--I got a message in my box about the English Graduate Organization (EGO). I know I got a lot of benefit from my graduate organization at ASU. I can also say you definitely get out what you put in (kind of like classes that way). Here is their Facebook page.