You can see that I've been playing quite a bit this week. But I had to get serious. I had already read my chapter for the EDIT class that I'm taking and had been mulling it over for the past few weeks. I sat down with "it" (Chapter 8 of the text) Friday afternoon- worked 'til late (very late) and then started again on Saturday. Here I am again on Sunday afternoon. At least I posted it and am now reflecting. I have decided that it requires much more work to "put together" a unit (al beit a one week unit) for an online course than a face-to-face course. Everything must be complete, proofread, potential problems recognized and dealt with, and the list goes on and on. With a face-to-face, problems do occur swiftly and painfully. You must be a quick problem solver as those "innocent" faces are staring at you. But that is the difference- you are there at the moment. Online- you aren't there. You check the online class when you can or when you have set that time. What if someone has a question 5 minutes after you have logged out for the day? The student will have to take a risk or be behind for the day. Ther is much more responsibility for the clarity of the assignment.
Well, lets see how I did. I'll check in each day some time between 6:30 and 9:00. Hope all goes well with my students.