975Comments on class
- May 1, 2001Hi, Tara -- finally got my thoughts together -- I think ...
This was the first distance education course I've actually taken. I
have taught distance education before, and I've been an on-site
organizer for distance education courses before, but I'd never taken
I thought the course went very well, even though I was behind most of
the time! LOL The topic was interesting, and it was presented in a
lively manner. I appreciate the way you worked hard to make the
individual lessons colorful (all the links to interesting places).
The instructor diligently interacted with the online students via the
message board and emails.
I really appreciated the ability to schedule the class time and
assignments around my real life. This is the real beauty of distance
education! In the past 4 months, I've taken two major trips, had a
serious 4 week cold, and a family emergency, but was able to pretty
well keep up with the class.
1. After the mid-term break, I felt like I was over my head in work.
It seemed as if the assignments were heavier the second half of the
course than the first. Perhaps the assignments could be rearranged so
that one or two of the more time-consuming projects could be done
earlier in the course. (I know that the assignments were topic and
chronologically oriented, so that may not be possible.)
2. Because of the nature of online learning, I did find it a bit
difficult to determine when one class stopped and the other began.
Your real life (RL) class had a specific time when they had to be
somewhere, but the distance folks didn't. I kind of missed being able
to say "THIS is my class time." I wonder if it is possible to set a
specific time for the distance class to "meet" in the chat room for 15
minutes or so, to provide a coherency to the group.
3. You mentioned once that you had a RL session of this class going at
the same time the distance class was. I wonder if there could be more
communication back and forth between the RL people and the Online
people in the class? I'm not sure how one would work that in, but it
could give us more cohesiveness as a class, and give your RL students
the opportunity to see the assignments through different eyes.
4. It might be fun to have a class on "Historical Fashion Research
Resources" - sort of like a bibliography of clothing class - perhaps
combined with a "Great Clothing Collections of the World" class.
(Being a librarian, I think it's always good for people to know where
they can find more information!)
In any case, I thank you for the opportunity the participate in this
class. Please let me know if/when you offer additional distance
courses. Also, I'm looking for something interesting to do on my 50th
birthday (Dec. 11, 2002), so please let me know if you plan to go to
London for a costume tour. (P.S. I enjoy planning these things too,
so I'd be happy to help organize.) -- Jean