Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Has anyone taken any courses online? I just did one of BEA's webinars last week, and I'm considering the best ways to offer material online. I want to offer the character development course at some point in the next year, and I'd love to know what works for you.

Right now I'm considering a variety of options to use together or separately: Skype, Second Life, Silverlight, a private channel on YouTube for video clips, etc. The course would meet once weekly for several sessions, and enrollees would complete short writing assignments between classes, email them to me early, and then read and discuss them in the class. There's also an online version of the personality inventory that I like to use, so students would be able to complete that online, as well. I'd like something with voice, so we can talk rather than type to each other. Video is optional, although I'd have powerpoint or something for people to get the notes.

I'd also have a couple of books for people to read, probably King's On Writing and Card's Character and Viewpoint over the course.

So, what do you think? Any suggestions?


Disgruntled Bear (Kate Kaynak) said...

When I taught for University of Maryland we used their online system, but it was entirely text-based (although I linked to videos). I just want something more... alive, I guess.

Carole Anne Carr said...

I usually do the courses online that are offered by universities and just do the section that is useful. The best help I've ever received, and ever likely to find is from Dwight V. Swain, and American, sadly no longer with us, but books still in print. Worth his weight in gold.

Lisa Rogers said...

This sounds like an awesome idea!!!

Jenni Merritt said...

I took an online class via WizIQ once. It was pretty cool - involved both a running chat and video. Something to look into! Other than that, I do like having a class that I can choose the areas I need, like what Carole said.

Disgruntled Bear (Kate Kaynak) said...

Thanks for the feedback, everyone! Jenni, I hadn't heard of WizIQ; I'll look into it.