Why do you do things the way that you do?
I try to do things to the best of my ability, taking time into consideration. Personally, it feels good to do something well — it creates a sense of pride. At the same time I could spend all day doing certain things, so I often have to tell myself I’ve done enough for the time being.
What have you learned that you did not know before?
My understanding of objectives has evolved. For me, to really understand something I need to be exposed to it from a variety of angles and multiple times. In our discussion so far I have learned about objectives differently than I have before and , thus, feel my understanding of them has improved. Specifically, fellow student George Dale posted this quiz in response to my post in discussion. This provided that new angle to deepen my understanding of the topic.
How will you apply what you have learned to your own course?
I have already rewritten my objectives to be stronger based on my new understanding. In addition, I will need to continue to make sure any activity I include in my course ties directly to an objective.
What decisions have you made so far about your own online course?
Most recently I have developed my modules based on content. I decided to base it on content because that is how I am thinking about the course as I develop it, making it easier to put together. I also believe this makes the most sense to students as they move through a term.
I have also rewritten my grading setup. I decided to keep it simple and assign 10% of the overall grade to each module (except for 2, shorter modules [5% each]), leaving 30% for the final project and 20% to ‘other’ (discussion posts and reflection blog).
How do you interact in this course? What if anything has been difficult for you?
I interact with other students primarily through discussions. In these discussions we have a bit of freedom when it comes to what we discuss. For example, part of my discussions this module have been about a launch controller for rockets. This freedom makes the activity feel more organic to me.
Something I find difficult is the way our post are organized in discussion. That page gets very long, making it difficult to find specific content. In addition, it makes the whole thing appear more daunting to me than I think it should.
What if anything do you find yourself feeling resistance to?
I’ve been spending a lot of time writing each post I make because I’m trying to hit everything on the rubric. It’s a bit exhausting since there are so many post due. Then again, we have plenty of time to get them all done, still feels like I’m climbing a mountain though.
What is working for you in this course?
I’m really excited about my course. While I will most likely not have an opportunity to teach it online anytime soon, I will be incorporating much of what I learn and develop into my f2f teaching as well as a club I’m co-advising next school year. This has provided motivation for me to put in solid time to developing the course.
What would you change/suggest to make it better for you?
I would suggest breaking the discussions and assignment areas into individual threads per student. This was it’s easier to find a specific post or content and make participating feel more manageable. Maybe even break up the class into small groups that must interact with one another (maybe a thread per 3 or 4 students would work?).