Hello, everyone! I wanted to write a quick post to introduce myself. I will be reading and making comments on your posts this week and next. I read chapter 6 while waiting for my car to get fixed on Friday. I found the focus on experimentation this week to be a nice way to start the chapter.
“As you experiment with sample units to create a prototype for your course, you will soon learn how to get the most out of whatever course management system or other software structure you are working in” (Ko & Rossen, 2008, p. 143).
Last semester many of you did a lot of experimentation with online tools. I finished the Program for Online Teaching a couple of semesters ago, as a member of cohort 1, and feel that I am still constantly experimenting. Some of this is due to my drive to make things work if I believe I can make them work the way I want them to work. Some experimentation is forced because things change in online teaching (e.g., CMS changes, new tools…). However, some experimentation is because all of you in this program give me new ideas to explore and try. I cannot wait to hear what you all think this week about chapter 6. I bet I will get some new ideas and I hope that I can send a few your way, too.
I have one final thought. As I was reading the section on Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed readers on page 169, I remembered a great presentation I was able to attend last year. Lisa M. Lane and Jim Sullivan presented a synchronous workshop in Elluminate called “Using Online Resources for Professional Development” back on May 7, 2010 that is recorded at the link below. They focused on how to use RSS feeds to organize professional resources and keep up with the latest information in your field. I enjoyed this presentation, which is why I am sharing it. However, using RSS feeds for your own work might be a fun way to experiment with RSS feeds and see if you could make use of them in your classes, too. I hope you enjoy the session if you get a chance to watch it: Using Online Resources for Professional Development with Lisa M. Lane and Jim Sullivan