In order to manage expectations, it’s important for an online instructor to set expectations with their learners around availability and presence. Here are some general guidelines around what you can expect from me during the course.
- I do work a full-time job with BCcampus and, while I do have a great deal of flexibility in my job, I am often busy working at my day job Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm PST. If you send me a message during that time, I could be delayed in responding.
- The best way to contact me is either a DM in Mattermost or via email. I usually respond to DM’s & emails within an hour, but it can sometimes take up to 24 hours for me to respond, depending on my work commitments (ie I could be in meetings or travelling).
- Due dates for all assignments are on Sundays and I aim to have feedback and grades back to you within 5 days.
- Speaking of grading, the design of this course means that most of the graded activities happen towards the end of the course. For many weeks, the only grade you will see will be for Assignment 1 so it may feel like you are operating in a bit of a vacuum with many of your grades coming in towards the end of the course. I do try to keep tabs on where people are, especially with regards to the participation grade, and may occasionally prompt you if I see your participation waning.
- I usually spend an hour each evening checking and responding to student email, and participating in Mattermost, reviewing your assignments and activities, and generally having a presence online.
- I am happy to talk with you one on one, via Skype or phone. Please email me ahead of time to set a time that works for both of us. Monday and Wednesday evenings and early Saturday mornings (Pacific) are generally good times in my schedule to talk 1 on 1.
- I will post course updates each Sunday on what I am seeing within the course activities except during your facilitation weeks (see next point). These updates will be posted as a blog post on the WordPress site and cross-posted in Mattermost.
- You will notice I have more of a presence early in the course, and less of a presence during the student-led facilitation weeks. It might feel like I have disappeared during the student facilitation weeks, but rest assured I am around. My reduced presence is intentional as the people who should have the most presence during those weeks are the facilitation teams. I will still be responsive to emails and messages, and do reserve the right to pop in occasionally because, well, I enjoy talking about this stuff and participating. But generally, expect my visible presence in the course to be very light during the student-led facilitation weeks.
- I am active on Twitter (edtechfactotum) and you can DM me there if you use it. I will respond as soon as possible within the time constraints listed above. I will be occasionally using the #RRUMALAT hashtag to draw your attention to interesting things I find/read/watch related to our course material. Consider this optional material. It is nothing core to the course. Engage with it only if you find it interesting.