Our Learning Management System is still malfunctioning, and it only did that for incoming freshmen and transfer students…our most vulnerable! Instead of relying on our LMS to work and the students learn how to submit work, I thought I’d try something I learned from #MERIT18. Author of The EduProtocol Field Guide, Marlena Habern, did an exercise with us that required the use of templates on Google slides. I thought that this was going to pretty well. The directions seemed clear…to me. We crashed and burned. Students began creating slides, deleting other people’s works…then someone started making multiple copies of the slides. At one point, a class of 17 had 40 something slides. I think this could work, but I would have to pre-assign the slides to the students with their names.
The first two days of Physics are usually pretty uneventful. Our agenda consisted of taking the FCI, going over course syllabus, etc., and of course our slides. I also have to figure out how to make students more comfortable with sharing a picture of themselves. I also need to figure out a way to make the class more of a sharing community. There are definitely some bumps to get through in the first couple days, but it will get there at some point!