Call to adventureMy chair (in 2004): “Students need courses this summer!” “We need you to teach something!”
Refusal of the callMe:“Gee, no thanks.”“I really don’t want to teach this summer.”
Supernatural aidMy chair:“The students really need courses. They needaccess”“How about doing an online course?”“The faculty resource center staff will help youdevelop it.”
Threshold guardiansMe: Yeah, I don’t know. There are soooo manyreasons not to:I don’t have time to develop an online course.I don’t have great tech skills.Who would own the course anyway? Aren’t theresome intellectual property issues involved if I workwith FRC?
Threshold crossingMe:Oh all right. The students need a course.Summer pay wouldn’t be bad.I’ll try to figure out the time to give this onlineteaching thing a whirl, if someone will help me!
Challenges and temptationsRats, I can’t get this flipping file to upload!Oh no, the tech crashed an students can’t accessit the course.What do you mean your tech support peopledon’t work on nights and weekends? Ourstudents have full time jobs and only can workon nights and weekends!!!So not loving this! Don’t think I’ll do this again!
The ultimate boonWoo hoo!We made it through after all!Despite the technical glitches, it really was apretty good course…
Crossing of the return thresholdLearned a bit there…Think I can make it better next time….
Freedom to liveOk, so teaching online was not the worst thing Icould have done there.Ok, so the course was even good.And I had students enroll who I would not havedone otherwise.Yeah, I’ll teach another online course…. Sometime….