I thought I would feel pressured to get my school work done in the little free time I have (between reading blogs and posting to blogs, that is), but when I saw the first assignment was due two weeks after the start of the class, I thought, hmm...maybe this won't be so bad after all.
In order to not feel super confident, I never looked at the assignment that's due next week. I wanted to have this kind of shock: ohmygodwhydidItakethisdangonlineclass. Because when I saw how long the syllabus was, that's how I felt.
I've been managing my time, slowly doing what I need to do, planning for this weekend to do that super tough assignment I know is ahead of me, but last night I realized I only had two things left: Post on the discussion board and work on the assignment.
Posting on the discussion board for each module is a requirement and we do get graded on our participation. According to the instructions, I was to post on the discussion board before working on the assignment.
Let me tell you all a secret: No matter what the subject is and no matter how carefully I try to play nice on discussion boards, I always end up either 1. ignored completely, even if I post comments and ask questions and try to be thoughtful, or 2. people hate me.
We have a discussion board of sorts at work, and I always have to check with someone else before I post something (unless I really know what I'm talking about and I'm not just being emotional), so I don't come off like an idiot or make my boss look bad or get attacked. I try to keep it all business, but there were a few times I had to go there and say what I felt. So far I haven't received any weird voicemail messages, and if you don't think I haven't, you have another thing coming to you.
Anyway. So I tried to follow the instructions, went to the discussion board, saw no one else had posted a single question or thought, stared at the space where I could start posting my thoughts, but then realized, what thoughts do I have about the 8 parts of speech or noun/verb agreement? I mean, really, unless the teacher posts a very open-ended question, how are we expected to discuss these things?
Based on the introductions posted by the other students, we have a lot of flappy windbags in the class, so I'm really hesitant posting some goofy comment just so I can get credit and then have a flappy windbag attack me with his/her ruminations on my stupid comment that I only posted so I could get some credit.
Seriously, the only thing I can think of posting is I find it interesting that I seem to learn more and more as I get older because the subject isn't new to me, however, I have learned a lot of new things. But is that really discussing the content or just me discussing my brain development?
Needless to say, I skipped this part - for now. I went ahead, broke the rules (and I so don't like breaking them rules), and downloaded the assignment for the first module. My fears of it being this horrendous monster of an editing task or that we had to write a well-developed and well-researched essay on the philosophy of grammar soon diminished. It was merely a 3-page quick editing assignment that pretty much mirrored the ones we had to do online.
I'm already done with the first page.
I like to savor things, so I'm going to work on page 2 maybe tomorrow and then page 3 on Saturday while Mateo watches his morning kid shows. And then turn in my assignment on Sunday, which will make it 3 days early.
So what I found odd is the nature of forced discussions. If it was a classroom setting, most people would be sitting there with the "don't call on me" face on, hoping we could get out early. I just hope a flappy windbag pipes up before I have to, so I can comment on the flappy windbag's comment instead of vice versa.
Today I find myself in a real classroom setting, learning Adobe Photoshop, however, since I like to be early, I got the best seat in the house, which is away from everyone else so I can sneak on the internet throughout the day to see what's going on in the world. And, since I was so early, no one witnessed me dumping some of my coffee all over the desk. Now the teacher has no tissues in his/her tissue box.