Definitely a good program. I think that it reaches two important goals (sorry, SLOs): to guide the participant throughout the endless ocean that is the Internet and to keep reminding and focusing on the importance of starting from pedagogy and then looking for the tools to make it happen.
Another positive aspect is that even if topics have to be general, because they have to be informative for the entire academic spectrum, each one of us tried to put his own spin on the pedagogical application of a topic, making it valuable to every field. And the ‘pedagogy first’ approach is a big part of what makes it possible to offer the same tools to a huge variety of needs.
I am with Richard on the time issue. I also don’t think that the tasks were too long, apart for maybe, one week. It is a fact that investigating all these tools is time demanding as well as exciting. Many times during the semester I felt a little frustrated because of the little time I could dedicate to the researches and to testing tools, while every week I was looking forward to the new task coming from Jim. Maybe it was because of the intense Fall semester, and the Spring will give me more time. Or maybe I am just bad at time management...
Anyhow, my regret is that with more time I could have contributed more to the POT community, and to do this is my ‘new semester resolution’ for Spring 2011.
Here are my entries from first semester:
Week 13: Course Management System
Week 12: Copyright and Accessibility
Week 11: YouTube and Friends
Week 10: Where did the time go?
Week 9: Google Docs
Week 8: Diigo and Delicious
Week 7: Creating Community
Week 6: Screencast programs. Jing, Voicethread and Slideshare
Week 5: RSS and Newsreaders
Week 4: Finally I get it!
Week 3: Sample online classes and some questions
Week 2: My Pedagogy
Week 1: Ciao!