May 07 2012
Interesting, but not ideal
In my searches last week for web material, I got lost in the TED lectures, listening to quite a few that interested me. I also got lost in NPR, This I Believe, and youtube, looking at author interviews. It was all fascinating to me–yet not exactly what I want for my students. I think lots of interactive content is great, and I’m certainly not in the mood to reinvent the wheel, yet too much material that is interesting but not targeted to our course objectives won’t really enhance the course. I’ll keep searching, of course, but I’d really like to keep my content tightly connected to my textbooks and our course objectives, and I fear that introducing too many other ideas/perspectives might not really add to their learning, but rather muddle it.
I do like to use author interviews for essays we’re reading. Even if the writer is talking about something else, it helps that person become alive to them. I think I might end up making more of my own narrated videos or presentations that stick more closely to our course content.