Similar to 640 (when I was also working with Katherine, holla!), I’m finding that the most difficult part of redesigning these courses is putting words to ideas and having an organization during the project writing. I think having the info from Dr. Kincannon will help me focus on Dr. Carter’s class from the beginning. Right now my mind is still swimming with ideas to help Dr. Cowles.
For Dr. Cowles’ class, my institutional knowledge about VCU and its curriculum really helped me understand the context of the course. I can see why having dedicated instructional designers and technology specialists for each university is so important, because there is definitely an advantage to knowing VCU’s mission and programs. (Of course I think there is also an advantage to having new people help design a class who have fresh ideas and are not part of the culture already!)
Our group met virtually on Sunday night on Google Hangout. This was the first time this particular group had met online, and like any new group, we had some growing pains logging on but figured it out within ten minutes or so. I hope meeting regularly (and sticking with this group for the other 4 projects) will teach us the most effective way to use our G+ time. We spent over an hour together on Sunday. I am still having a hard time figuring out the rules for talking–it’s more of a free for all than meeting in person because there are no physical clues to tell you who’s talking next. Everyone is so tiny on my iPad screen that I felt I kept interrupting.
Photo from the Library of Congress.