I'd like to thank Ross and Asif for hosting and facilitating such an interesting course. I have learned a lot through the past three weeks and hope I can retain enough of it to filter into my own practice.
I'm also grateful to those who provided lots of the "content" by hosting their sessions, all of which I enjoyed immensely. I found unique and useful strategies in all of them. And as I've mentioned elsewhere, I know we were reviewing in order to provide feedback on the session, but in every session I got sucked right into the topic. They were all interesting and I felt like I was having a valuable learning experience in each one. In face-to-face instructional skills workshops, I often see this occur among participants especially during the final mini lesson, but this feeling seemed to happen straight away, for me at least, so that was great.
This past month has been absolutely bananas at work, as our division has been redesigning courses on the fly and demand has been ramping up and I am teaching two courses in UBC's shortened spring semester. So the timing of the course was not great for me. But I didn't want to wait till the next offering, and I'm glad that I didn't. This was very worth it. I have already recommended to some of my colleagues that they HAVE to get into the next one!
I am integrating some synchronous sessions into my online courses at UBC, slowly and gently. The course is not promoted for synchronous activity and I have to respect that not everyone can gather at the same time. But there have been some good opportunities and the connection with students in a live session is great, so I want to see what else we can try and accomplish.
But also, at JIBC I'm involved in a lot of faculty development, so I want to take some of these lessons and integrate them into our ways of working with faculty as they transition to online synchronous classes themselves. Last year, we did offer the original FLO course internally for our own folks, and so we may decide to do that with the Synchro version although it is always a struggle getting sufficient numbers. Nonetheless, there are many components here that I can see using and some great resources as well. So I'm glad we'll retain access to the course.
Once again, it was great to learn with everyone. and I hope we will run into each other again, online or in person.
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I appreciate your commitment to learning, even with everything you have going on! Pleasure to be in a course with you - good luck with applying all this stuff in the JIBC context - no doubt you will find a way to keep the learning active and even richer in the intimate environment that is online learning.
Thank YOU Dave. Your comments and suggestions have been heard and hopefully will be put into practice.