Monday, October 22, 2012
Greek and Roman Mythology MOOC: Week 4
I was a typical undergraduate student this week: totally swamped and preoccupied with no spare time to watch the videos or do a writing assignment. I did end up watching the videos on Sunday afternoon and taking the quiz. I got a perfect score but it felt pretty hollow since I hadn't done the reading and really didn't have the spare brain cells or time to write a very short essay. Alas. I am learning a lot about how to do a MOOC by being on the other side of the production. I am enjoying this one very much. One thing is pretty clear: short lectures, about 10 minutes long; and not too many of them. I think there were about 90 minutes of lectures. That is about right. I take good notes and of course have read the Odyssey many times in the past. Still, I am enjoying the fact that I am learning a lot about how to teach the text if I ever had to. It's been invigorating to be on this side of things--and also a good reminder of how difficult it is for my students to juggle their own multiple obligations. Like me, they prioritize and let slide what they can let slide.