Thursday, July 26, 2012

Super Extreme Tele-Teaching

This is too surreal to be real, but it is real and it's coming to be in the Fall.

I still can't believe I've agreed to to this and I think it's the most horrible pathetic thing that technology ever did to me and to education...

OK, I'll blurt it out, though I don't really want to share this because I hate the idea so much...

So... I am supposed to teach 17+5 students at two different universities from an empty teleconference room  -- I mean, I'll be in the room, but there'll be no students in it. I don't see how this can work, I think the person in charge is just not thinking right but just desperate to get this class to be taught and my hubby talked me into doing this as well (so I can maintain affiliation).

Look what'll happen: I will drive early to other university and from there I'll teach students from former university and another university. Then, I'll teach two other classes back to back after that "sweet" distance learning extreme experiment.

oh... and the all of the experience I have with this whole "tele-teaching" (which is what I decided to call this) experience and concept is one advanced Chinese class that I attended. Once. And I get back to the U.S. less than a week before classes start.

sooo sweet. But, you know what, I will survive this. somehow.

guys, wish me luck. I will need it. (at this point I don't really care about what's going to happen...)


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kate said...

Hmm, it could work out fine, once you get the hang of it. It's not ideal, but you can make the best of it. Will your students be watching and participating via teleconference as you teach? Kind of awkward, but maybe once you get in the groove you will all get used to it. Have you looked online for tips from other tele-teachers? I bet there are some out there who might have some advice. Let us know how it goes!