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Seeking Enlightenment

I’m glad I did not post my weekly faculty post last night because today’s hangout gives me something much richer and more important to reflect upon.


At a distance, thousands of miles away, I try and imagine what you students are doing in your Monday class time. What are the faculty team members doing? What conversations are happening? What are people “getting” and what are they struggling with? What is the level of energy, engagement and motivation?

Well, if today’s hangout was my sole source of information, I’m worried. There were some moments of preparedness and engagement (THANK YOU!) There were technical difficulties (curse you, WIFI!). And there were some really awkward moments when people tried to ask questions, but, from where I sit, were not prepared. It just felt OFF. Was it just me?

So I ask myself:

  • What can I learn from our site stats in terms of learners accessing and using course materials? How can that inform our next steps?
  • What do I need to coordinate better with my fellow faculty members? How will that best support positive team outcomes?
  • What can I personally do better next week?

Here is what I’m thinking below. Β I’d love to know your perspectives, ideas and what you can do. Because in the end, that is what we can control! Ourselves.

What can I learn from the Site Stats

Here are a few screen shots I grabbed from the admin interface of our class site. It looks like many people clicked into this week’s assignments. Phew! And less than clicked into the grading list, which is a change from previous weeks. Does that mean you now care more about what you are doing next? πŸ˜‰ I’m surprised that the home page has proportionately so many more hits. Some of my assumptions are that everyone starts there as a jumping off point, but if that were do, there would be more hits on other pages. Or maybe the public is looking at our front page a lot? What do you think.

So far, so good. On to the next screenshot.


This next screenshot gives us a sense of what links you clicked. It does NOT tell us hits on the videos because they are embedded, so it is not a hugely accurate piece of information. But if one assumes that there is useful content in the links, I’d hope to see more clicks into the resource pages… So this causes me to ask: is the content useful? If yes, have we given sufficient attention to asking you to look it it? If it is not, would you tell us? IF you are still left with questions, will you ask us??


What do I need to coordinate better with my fellow faculty members?

OK, now I have to ask myself, how can I improve how I can work best with my fellow faculty at a distance. I realize I need to get a better sense of how each one is working with the teams so I don’t work at cross purposes. Fellow faculty, what could I do differently that would help? One piece of feedback about this week is that there are THREE elements and that is too much. My thinking was that they have a lot of time between now and the 28th but that may be unfair. Or unrealistic.

Lets figure that out.

What can I personally do better next week?

This is where I need your help. Again, at a distance, with you synchronously only 30 minutes a week, I feel I have a lot of blind spots. Can you tell me what is working and I should do more of? What is not helping and I should stop doing? Something new I should be doing? Do you need an incentive to respond?


Online, offline --> learning, connecting, doing at least a little bit of good. Offline--> family, garden, chocolate!

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5 comments on “Seeking Enlightenment
  1. Nancy White says:

    Meggie, that image will be hard to banish when I do my morning meditation tomorrow! πŸ˜‰

  2. Meggie says:

    Wow, seeking enlightenment. Maybe I should introduce you guys to my type of buddhism where the search for enlightenment seems quite close to what you mentioned.

    But don’t worry, we know that it’s not easy. One of the older buddhist scriptures describes 6 difficult and 9 easy acts. The six difficult ones are all related to seeking enlightenment. Among the easy acts are things like safely walking across a great burning field with a bush of dry grass tied to your back πŸ˜‰

  3. Nancy White says:

    Thanks, Laura and Janneke. I am sometimes torn too, about expectations. I expect a lot of people. Sometimes too much. But one of the things I regret as a parent that I did not expect more of my son’s teachers and schools, and we did not push our kids harder in their learning. What I means is that I think EXPECTATIONS themselves, setting the goal high, is a learning mechanism. And as a learner, the choice to say yes or no is really important, especially at the higher education level.

    I’ve been part of an online conversation a couple of weeks ago about Blind spots and I was reflecting in a small, reawakened thread here:

    You may find it interesting. This blog thread is a chance to explore blind spots!!

  4. Hi there!

    Yesterday I left earlier and watched the hangout later on youtube and was left with similar feelings about the hangout.

    With regards to the amount of topics:
    To me it feels (my/the) groups were/are synthesizing their insights and content and work on a story/their storyboard – really a convergent phase, and something that was due before the hangout. Exploring a new topic – marketing/user/customer support communities, since it’s a diverging activity may not resonate with building a storyboard and concluding at the same time. The visits in my groups early in the afternoon confirm the little lost focus of this week’s topic – the reminder appearently did not shift focus. Realizing this may have helped the students in breaking up in different teams to work on these different activities.

    With regards to the activity in the hangout:
    I’ve addressed this with some students: the students involved in the hangout are the ones responsible for getting the groups questions prepared, out and answered + report back on the learnings! This is what made the smaller hangouts successful in the first place. Yesterday a lack of preparation as well as interest in the subject was at play, along with the wifi troubles.

    I believe we could help to bring more focus; Covering three topics, ranging from diverging to converging activities and subjects might have been too much. Less topics for an afternoon might also bring more focus to the hangout.

    Myself: I will urge my groups in tutorring to actually participate in the hangouts making it useful by preparing relevant questions.

    That’s it for now!

  5. Laura says:

    “Seeking enlightment” Nice. I was doing a lot of that yesterday myself! Yes, 3 items were perhaps too much and not tied enough together. Meggie had also pointed that out on Sunday, so I must have misunderstood the “push forward” sign I received from you (while worrying that students wouldn’t have enough time to do the video).
    Since they have 2 workweeks before the video has to be presented, and because they are also learning some multi-media things for Collateral Value (a class Janneke gives) and Personal Branding… they should be totally into it by now(or they had better get started getting into it).

    Actually, I believe they will see the “Pros” of the course much more after the presentation… or at least a few months later… and I think they are struggling with the freedom to do something… or not,… to be involved… or not,… to take action… or not,… to read the module guide and ask questions ahead of time… or not,…

    Finding their way is half the journey…
    I think Alan said something like that. πŸ™‚

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