Many of you know that I teach Stats online in my (non-existent) spare time. I do it for a lot of reasons, some of which include that it gives me a chance to see what it’s like to be ‘in the trenches’ with the faculty that I’m helping with technology. It makes it a lot easier sometimes to be able to say “well, this worked (or didn’t work) for me” when I’m showing someone about Blackboard or any technology.
Now, some details that are important to my students.
This class does not start until October 17. This is a “second 8 week class” and it lasts for — you got it! — 8 weeks. So this is the ‘normal’ stats class compressed to half the time.
This is fully online class. That is, you never need to come to campus for any class meetings or tests. But… your Thursday nights are mine. Well, most of them.
What we will be doing on Thursday nights is an online webinar. I will be making small presentations using the webinar software, highlighting some of the common problem areas in the class and taking questions.
You don’t need anything special on your computer, just a computer, a decent internet connection (the webinar folk promise it does work on dial-up if that’s all you have but it will be the usual pain), and speakers or headphones. I will be ‘pushing’ sound out to you — you get to hear the sound of my lovely voice! — but you won’t be required to speak back at me. If you have a headphones/mic set, you will be able to talk back but you are not required to have a mic.
If you’ve not seen or participated in a webinar, here’s a recorded “Technical Orientation” webinar that we did in the summer. It’s also a useful thing for you to check out in general if you’re going to be an online student. This is also the link to the Fall information that I’m scurrying off to update next!
Now, I know at this writing there are no empty seats in the other online stats section. So some folk are kind of stuck with this section as the only option. If I were you, I’d be watching that other section like a hawk for any openings and grab one. And the purge for non-payment will be about August 9 or 10. Watch the blog for updates.
Think about it. You’re taking a math class (not your favorite thing, usually), online (which isn’t good for a lot of folk), in 8 weeks (less time isn’t always better) and math (!). For many, many people, this is a disaster waiting to happen. Adding the webinar this semester is my effort to help you out but, well, there’s a lot of this you need to do on your own.
So, you’ve been warned! 🙂 I’ll be here and willing to help but you do need to have an idea of what you are getting into!