1) I’m still mulling over the reading on the online syllabus even though I have moved on to other weekly POT things. I find it interesting that Ko and Rosen remind the reader to make the syllabus easy to print for the students. I agree, although that seems to eliminate the syllabus as the anchor, scheduler, contract, reminder, weekly task bulletin board and anything else it might become in the course. I do like the current format the POT course has with each week available to scroll through in the middle of the page, but I don’t think I would call it a syllabus.
2) Wow, I really loved the synchronous session in Second Life. My mind is reeling with ideas for music hang-outs and such. I even found a Progressive Rock Museum in SL. See my pics below.
I had been previously introduced to SL through another institution, but they did not provide any assistance or information. Thanks again Cris for hosting a very fun session. 😎
Pitfalls for SL: Well it took the help of Lisa, Cris and another browser for me to even participate, so I can see students getting frustrated as well. It is also a bit easy to get lost in SL as the hours tick away, which isn’t completely bad, but it might distract from any seriously focused course work in the site.
This Halloween-eve goal is to explore Merlot and get caught up. Here’s a fun Halloween cartoon for Veggies like me or my spooky Vegan friends: