Good text-based introduction topics

Re: Good text-based introduction topics

by Sylvia Currie -
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I wish I had a good answer for Bron's question about how to deal with "balkers" smile Throwing a lot at students at the beginning of the course can be a concern for those who are nervous about technology, but also for those who are knowledgeable about technology. They can become impatient with too much "how to" chatter.

For sure it's difficult to know how much is too much at the beginning of a course. A few strategies I might use along with the partner interviews:
  1. Keep the discussion area for technical questions separate from course topic discussions -- like a SOS forum. More tech savvy participants can choose to help out or opt out.
  2. Be light about it. Tell students not to tear their hair out. If they get stumped or frustrated ask for help.
  3. Provide templates / show examples.
  4. Emphasize that the activity is relevant -- that these are tools they will need to participate in the course
  5. Provide some step-by-step instructions (screencasts or help files) if needed
  6. Allow enough time for the activity