Being a role model
This is the first year I have been "in charge" and I'm starting to get a little nervous about it. I have re-developed the course so it is different from last year. Now I have no one else to blame if everything turns to custard.
It has suddenly hit me since reflecting on how culturally competent I am in the online environment, that I really have to practice what I preach. So now I am worrying that I am not doing all the things in this course that I say you should do, both from an instructional design and facilitation point of view.
Teaching in an open environment
Running an open online course can go one of two ways - you can gain international recognition, fame and glory, or people discover that you really are quite hopeless. Teaching in an open environment makes me feel quite vulnerable and I am thinking that I will have to develop a strategy for dealing with this.
- Being quite clear from the outset that I am not an expert - I am learning as we go along, so the relationship I have with the course participants is a two-way relationship - I will learn from them as they will learn from me.
- Continually seek feedback so I can be confident the course is meeting the needs of the students.
- Be flexible and prepared to deviate from the course schedule if required, to meet students' needs.
- Get support from colleagues to help me keep a perspective on things and carry out quality checking.