Let me start by saying my first intent was to research, or more appropriately, scavenge, ideas to use when teaching faculty in my institution how to teach online.  I am curious about the selection of topics and their relative importance.   How will the facilitators (how will I!) manage the overload of available information in order that the content becomes personally meaningful to each participant?  I’ve come to find a few more reasons why this fits my groove.  As a new online instructor, I wish to be intentional in my interaction with my students.

Community is important in the online environment, and I hope to get to know some of the 270 participants in this MOOC through reading, reflecting and commenting on each other’s blogs. It’s also important to understand factors affecting motivation. What kills student motivation? Is it hesitating due to lack of confidence and then falling so far behind it’s impossible to catch back up? That’s one idea, at least. How does this factor impact the course design, or currently, how I teach my course?

Greg Walker or Sue Waters mentioned in tonight’s webinar that one of the biggest challenges is getting participants to comment on each other’s blogs/ideas. I plan to develop my skill in this area, and as a result stimulate a healthy discussion. I won’t be able to keep up with everyone, but I can do something.

I’m not used to being so public with my ideas, so it makes sense that I am somewhat reluctant. I have a feeling the synchronous Collaborate sessions are really important to reduce the distance I might otherwise feel in the MOOC venue. I hadn’t realized how many ideas I could come up with to blog about until I was invited to share them in the webinar!  Thanks again to tonight’s webinar hosts for building our confidence and excitement in the process.  I look forward to your comments!

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