This shows my first posting which ended up as a sketch a message because of the technical problems yesterday for the UnHangout. Well, good to know that there are doodle pads in cyber space when all else fails!
But I digress. Back to the task at hand which is designing an optimal learning/teaching environmnent for my present needs as a retired educator who spends half the year in Nanaimo, British Columbia and half the year in San Miquel de Allende, Mexico. As a life long learner, and with the acquisition of a new HP laptop with a built in webcam and Beats Audio I am entering a brave new frontier in the world of online learning in 2014 and beyond. About a dozen years ago, I started an online Masters Program at the University of Calgary in Educational Technology and it’s fascinating how much the hardware and software has evolved but alas there is still exists what has been termed a ‘digitial divide’ in terms of type of computers available to the masses even if the masses are offered the tantalizing opportunty to take top quality university courses from top universities including Harvard for free.
The free aspect does need some work as a common and minimum level of computer capability is necessary. Otherwise, the frustrations of yesterday’s UnHangout will prevail. Things can and will go wrong and I do have to give Dr. E credit for rallying and providing an ad hoc mini lecture that served as an interesting way to wrap up our six week study!
Note to self: Research the acquisition of a good quality headset for the next online learning or teaching experience. One of my motivations for taking this class was to bring myself up to speed in the technology world by upgrading my ancient, obsolete laptop with one that was lighter, faster and ran the Windows 8.1 operating system. So yes, the experience of taking this class despite the minor glitches certainly was worth the time and (indirect) cost involved. Viva HarvardX!