Okay, a fair amount of panic is setting in when I realize that school is going to start on August 17, SIX WEEKS from now (school starts officially on August 24, but I always open my classes one week early, hoping to catch some students' attention before the first-week frenzy begins). Moreover, I am going to be out of town for one week at my dad's (and mostly offline during that time) and my husband's daughter and grandson are going to be visiting here for one week (so I'll be mostly offline then too). That means I have just four weeks.
So, the time available (eeeek!) means I have to pare down my ideas and plans for the Fall. That's okay: I don't need to do everything at once, and these plans are not interdependent; it's easy to just pick and choose the things I want to do. With a four-week timeframe in mind, this can be a checklist for what I need to get done:Indian Epics UnTextbook
: Finish blogging the ACK comic books, blog the graphic novels, and then start in on all the organizational stuff: how to present materials to students, instructions for accessing different materials, etc. I also need to file Reserve requests at the Library. Based on final budget from Stacy order, order hard copies of the Kindle books. I have so few Reading Guides done compared to what I wanted, but I will get the students to help me prioritize and develop those Reading Guides during the school year. I do need to finish the Public Domain Edition of the Mahabharata, though, and proofread both PDEs.Curation Challenge
: This is a big thing; I will swap out the proofreading in Orientation Week for people to set up their curation space(s) and then offer extra credit throughout semester to develop this Challenge. Lots of ideas here; I need to document this in detail. Known will be one of the options in that Public Curation Challenge, along with Pinterest, Diigo, YouTube, and Twitter. The Big Five. :-)Course Feedback
: I really want to create a weekly course feedback survey to ask students about experience in course overall in addition to the reflective blog posts. I'll do it anonymously as Google Form; I'll need to think about what questions to ask each week — I'd like to also make it informative so that as I ask the questions I can include links to tip pages about managing the class, etc. I'll fold this into the weekly back-up assignment item and call it "Weekly Wrap-Up and Back-Up" or something like that.Weekly Assignments
: Basically same as before except change the "review" assignment to reading other people's diaries at random (two at random, plus two free choice for extra credit). Luckily, I am feeling pretty good about how the weekly assignments went with the Reading Diary switch (HUGE thing) last year. Change all Weekly Assignment pages for both classes at wiki. Maybe include a Growth Mindset meme on each of those pages...?Tech Tips
: These are a mess and seriously need cleaning up. I am going to prune a lot, and focus on adding tips for Known, Diigo, and YouTube to go with the Curation Challenge above. Orientation Week
: Change Writing Tools into a Tech Tip; replace that with Comment Wall blog post assignment. Change Pinterest Board assignment (1 point) to Curation Challenge (3 points); move Course Overview to weekend assignment. Now that Proofreading assignment is gone, add a Course Planning Post to get students to think about: time management; connections between this class and other classes (content, technology); course subjectives.Project Schedule
: Since I won't have the proofreading thing in Orientation week anymore, I might try to work that into the Project Schedule somehow. Maybe this:
Week 2 proofreading practice (like in Orientation week)
Week 3 author's note practice (was Week 4)
Week 4 commenting practice (was Week 2)
Week 5 commenting practice (was Week 3
I'll switch the old Week 5 comment wall to being part of Orientation Week (I needed to do that anyway).
I also need to explain more clearly about the flexibility of Storybook schedule since some students mentioned that in course evals. I think I will just ditch the idea of a weekly schedule idea of the projects and just tell everybody to ALWAYS look in D2L Project Progress to see what they have due next.Announcements
: Start seriously collecting new materials I want to include in the Announcements, and cull old announcements to make room. Goals for new materials: Growth Mindset item for every day, Indian music for every day... and instead of Indian image of the day, I am going to switch to Indian book of the day (including comic books!), side by side with Myth-Folklore book of the day.Project Archive
: Go through Spring semester Storybooks and Portfolios to see what is still online to put in the archive and update blog listing page AND widgets AND Pinterest Boards.Bookstore
: Confirm Buck and Narayan books in Bookstore for students who prefer to buy books. Send email to students about reading options.Enrollment
: In last week of July, start checking rosters and adding people from waiting lists. D2L
: Set up the courses, adjust the dates (TEDIUM: that takes a whole day), making any changes as needed to weekly assignment Declaration texts.Emergency Plan
: Based on what happened last semester, I know I need to have D2L 100% loaded before the start of the semester, and also write up emergency plan to file with Online Course office. I managed to cope last semester, but it would have been easier for everybody if I had more of a formal plan in place for real emergencies.
Okay. I think I feel better now. All these tasks except for the D2L crap are fun stuff, so the problem is not motivation... it's just making sure I have time to get it all done!
I'll use #OU3043OU4993
as the hashtag to keep track of this (OU3043 and OU4993 are the Twitter ashtags for my classes)