There is not much time left in the session to complete your project, so it is a good time to think about what needs to be done. What is left to do? What challenges have you faced? Will you be able to meet your timeline for completion? Why or why not? Will you be able to implement? Evaluate?
This week I am feeling behind schedule. So much content is missing. I need to stop working on making my Canvas course pretty and work on adding actual assignments. I realized earlier this week that I was creating my group assignments incorrectly. I have five group assignments and in the Collaboration section I created place holders for each of the five assignments – but only for one group. If I’m going to split the students up in to groups, each group will need their own collaboration page for each assignment. So I started creating the other necessary pages and I put content on all three groups in one of the assignments. Minutes ago I logged in and viewed my content and it is the right content on the wrong assignment! My normal careful-detail-observation skill is failing me this week. I’ve moved the group assignments around and created the rest of the place holders. Now I’ve got to get the words typed up for the rest of the group assignments.
Other things I have yet to complete are reading assignments. I still need to gather information that will be used to teach the lesson. I’ve only collected some week’s “reading” assignments. I put reading in quotation marks because some of the lessons will be delivered in video or audio, if I can find content in that format. I want to try to keep the course interesting.
Another challenge I think I’m facing is Spring Fever. Or, is it Graduation Fever – more correctly Senioritis? In looking up how to spell that word I found a list of Tip for Avoiding Senioritis which includes planning ahead, not obsessing, talking and having fun. Well, fine then. I’m going to go have fun while camping with my daughters in the middle of April. This creates a new goal for me – getting done with content and the Job Aid. Actually I need to plan better for the Job Aid because I have not been comfortable with that step in previous classes I’ve taken. I’m sure I’ll write more about my Job Aid in a later blog.
I do feel I will be able to meet the timeline for completion because I often work well under pressure. Is it an ideal method for good work? No, not always. But I seem to take it more seriously when it’s getting closer to the deadline.
I don’t know about implementing the course. Was this something we were actually going to do? Who would sign up to take my course? It’s not being offered in real life. It just needs to showcase that I can create a course from start to finish. And what about evaluating it? Doesn’t evaluation have to happen after students have taken the course? I created a 16-week course and there are only about 6 weeks left in the semester. I don’t see how the evaluation step can take place.
I need to go into the CECS 5510 assignments and read what is coming up. Maybe looking at future assignments will help me understand about implementation and evaluation.