I realize that I should have heeded the information I was compiling for my lesson on time management. This course was even more demanding than I originally anticipated and I was also distracted by personal matters. Time slipped away and I mistakenly thought we had until August 15 to complete our courses, when in actuality it is August 5. Yikes! Oh well, I suppose that if I had populated my Outlook calendar with course due dates, I would have avoided this mistake. In any event, the Course Checklist was a godsend. It is helping me focus on what really needs to get done. I need to steer my energies towards finalizing the content and activities. I have spent far too much time searching for optimal resources. Because I am not using a text book, the burden of curating the instructional content fell on me. In addition, I have never taught this course and I am designing the modules from the ground up.
However, the templates and exemplary courses provided have provided a wealth of information for me draw upon. In addition, it has been very interesting to process my own metamorphosis as an online student/ instructor while building an online course. I have really come to understand the importance of social and teaching presences in the online classroom. My prior focus was on cognitive presence. Yet, the courses from which I gleaned the most were those with strong teaching and social presences. Therefore, I needed to adjust my course design to reflect their importance.
I still have a lot of work to do and may have to adjust some aspects of the course but I am committed to giving it my best shot. Here’s to making it happen by next Tuesday, August 5!