Following on from yesterday’s post, I finished the WebCT site for my senior seminar. Both of the courses I’m teaching this term are pretty complete on WebCT (I just have to review all the rest of my Powerpoints for the 1st year class, tweak or completely revise them to match the changes I’ve made to the syllabus and my approach this time around, and upload those for all the classes past week one).
Still, if you asked to see what I did for work over the past few days, it wouldn’t seem impressive. I’ve created assignments, calendars, pre-seeded the discussion for every class with the opening questions, tweaked or created fresh organizer pages for every seminar with links to articles in databases if they were available, revised the syllabi, etc., etc., etc.
To me, that’s a lot accomplished. However, it lacks the satisfying heft of a pile of papers marked or the ego-boosting effect of a sizable word-count as I work on the next article. Even I have to admit that!
Ah, but there’s method in this madness that makes me anticipate a smoother term ahead. I’m hoping by having front-loaded all this WebCT work to the start of the term that I’ll do away with a lot of the interruptions that crop up when I realize I forgot to upload the latest material to the site and rush off to do so before a class. Worse yet, I sometimes find I’d only drafted the revisions to a Powerpoint file, say, and never completed them, so half an hour before class time I’m frantically editing a file and uploading it to the server!
This time around, I hope that burning the midnight oil on getting my course preps ready as can be before term starts helps me to avoid these mistakes once we’re up and running next week. Because I have a lot of writing that I plan to complete this term, both for work and for pleasure. I’ll do a lot better at that if I’m not frantically working on WebCT or Powerpoint revisions.