Newbie’s log–newbie date 31/01/2013….
3:15pm CST retweets #ETMOOC invitation to Sue Waters’ session on student blogging
3:23pm CST gets help from Elizabeth (gentle nudging tweets) to get butt into Blackboard Collaborate session and start lurking
3:24pm CST gets more Twitter nudges from Alison to get butt into Blackboard and begin lurking tonight
3:30pm CST rummages around desk to locate newly purchased JVC headphones for testing purposes. Check.
3:32pm CST goes to Blackboard Collaborate test site to test audio, microphone, and nerves #anxious #deepbreath
3:33pm CST finds out just how slowly my 7 year old HP laptop loads Blackboard Collaborate
3:49pm CST after successfully testing sound, unsuccessful with microphone (phew, didn’t really want that to work anyway) announces to world through Twitter that I will, in fact, be lurking on #etmooc Blackboard session in 2hrs (or so) #nervousness #gulp
4:00pm CST realizes #etmooc session during supper hour, must come up with supper plan *fast* so family happy and lurking can begin
4:02pm CST dials number of local pizzeria, places order
4:15pm CST also remembers to give kibble to our two hungry dogs
4:30pm CST nervous stomach (good grief, it’s still 1.5 hours away!) #calmdown #slowbreathing
5:30pm CST picks up pizza from local pizzeria
5:59pm CST after quickly flinging pizza boxes onto kitchen table, dealing with yappy happy lapdogs, and what seems like an eternally slow laptop, I begin my very first Blackboard session. Ever.
That wasn’t so bad, was it?
Blackboard is fascinating.
I love the whiteboard portions of the session where the moderator asks us to fill in our thoughts on the guiding phrase/question.
The chat screen is a bit of a … hmm, nuisance is not the word, but … distraction? Not really that either. I guess it’s “too much” kind of like the #etmchat I joined for the first time last week was too much. Something to get used to, build skills, develop brain power. 🙂
What did I do to deserve the support of seven people on Twitter, all of whom I have never met in “real life”, and their combined encouragement for me to try Blackboard? Dunno. But that’s the beauty, I think, of connecting online.
Hey, that reminds me….. Helen responded to Alan Levine’s challenge to post a video about connecting online and sharing “true stories”. I was impressed by her honesty and challenged with the video format of her blog post response.
That will be my next new challenge. Video. And having the courage to post the video.
But not tonight.
For now, my brain is full.
Thanks #etmooc’ers! Looking forward to continuing to push the boundaries of online connecting in a safe, encouraging environment!