My Digital Project Disaster

As soon as I read the prompt for this week’s blog I was re-traumatized by the disaster that was my first digital project. A few years ago, one of my colleagues presented an amazing assignment she created on Google+ and how she had her students create posts instead of traditional papers. Sounds easy enough, right???
I attempted to recreate this assignment and failed, miserably. For my privilege class, I has students post for different topics over the course of the semester, all 15 weeks. I gave them about 12 topics, let them choose 8 topics to post about, and let them run free. What this turned into was a grading nightmare, tons and tons of email notifications, and me still receiving emails from these students about posts that have nothing to do with this class.

I guess I can say I leaped before testing the waters. I’m in a weird generation (read, anti-millennial!!!) where I grew up without technology but began relying on it heavily in college. BUT, I am not up to speed. While Google+ seemed easy enough to tackle, I didn’t seek out help. I should have met with IT and really thought this process through.

Moving forward, I have taken what I have learned so far from the DIGPINS experience and am once again making an attempt to incorporate digital projects into my classes. Thanks to Autumn, I am connected to IT and will be getting their help with this process and not doing this solo. While I am still traumatized by my first experience, I’m confident that Taylor will teach me what I need to know and this second go-round will be a success!!
Here’s hoping!!!

(3) Comments

  1. Taylor Jadin

    Excited to see what you can come up with for your next project and I’ll be excited to help out. Each one is a learning experience, but that’s teaching right? Some things go well, and some things don’t and you improve your class every time you teach it.

  2. Reid

    Trial and error learning should be part of what we do as educators. We need to be willing to try strategies that we believe will engage students and elevate their learning. But we have to be willing to accept “failure’” and learn from the experience without reverting to the “tried and true” I appreciate your willingness to embrace your initial “failure” as an opptunity for growth.

    Your experience also highlights the value of instructional designers as collaborators in crafting strategies, selecting tools, and creating processes that avoid some of the pitfalls of innovative approaches. I am looking forward to hearing how your next attempt plays our.

  3. Avery

    Cristina, your post made me laugh! I could easily imagine doing something similar. I appreciate that our cohort has a variety of comfort levels with tech.

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