Using ten days to prepare for an online course, then acing it?
January 24, 2013 11:08 PM Subscribe
I’m about to start a six-month-long online course
that I'd like to do really well on. The next ten days are very quiet at work.
How can I use this time to help myself prepare, given that I’ll need to be in the office for part of each of the ten days...and then keep up with the course while going back to full-time teaching?
posted by mdonley to education (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
After the ten days are up, it’s back to the normal 35-40 hours of planning/teaching/grading/meetings/etc. a week, on top of the 15-20 hours for the course a week. But I really do have no other significant responsibilities for the next ten days, except to prepare for the course and organize myself, and I’m sort of at a loss over how to best do this. I do need to come into the office for at least a few hours a day.
Here's what I've thought about so far. I'd love to hear what worked for you!
- Do I need to train up to use Moodle, the course platform? I don't want to spend an hour messing around the day the first assignment is due trying to find a "submit" button or something.
- I can do some pre-reading from the reading list, but I don't have a syllabus/list of assignments yet. How can I make this time effective?
- I’m doing the dry-erase-marker wall calendar thing to organize everything at home.
- Batch-cooking and freezer meals?
- Should I back up my coursework on Dropbox/online somewhere, or pick up an external hard drive?
- Put bills/transit pass onto auto-pay/direct debit; make a little weekly housework schedule to follow.
- The course will take up every spare moment of my vacation time for 2013, but I'll still have normal weekends and public holidays. How can I best maintain my sanity/balance and thrive from the challenge, rather than be exhausted by it?
Big unanswerables until we start: how responsive the course coordinators are, how astute my fellow students (only 11 other participants!) will be, how to make asynchronous conversations work well. Any advice on these (or other!) during-the-actual-course matters would be great as well.
Thanks in advance!