Thursday, April 10, 2014

Online Course Kickoff Weekend

 Rob reluctantly agreed to write another couple of online courses. When I say reluctantly, what I mean is that he can only write the content for them if he is given an equal and opposite amount of time to bellyache about how he hates language courses, he hasn't taught them in years, shouldn't be expected to, doesn't believe in online coursework, blah, blah, blah. I am the recipient of these hours spent offloading the pain only his enemies should know. At least I hope he isn't going on to anyone else!
 I decided that in order to jump start the process, I would get us a hotel room in Salt Lake so there wouldn't be any kid interruptions and we could break down the online textbook into chapters for the class. I got a room at the Little America, even though I figured it would be run down. But it wasn't!
 It was big and swanky and had that whole workroom where we laid out a laptop, an iPad and two iPhones and got to work.
 When we needed breaks, we'd go eat, and we really did it in style. First dinner was at Spitz, a place that makes street-style doeners like Berlin. It isn't quite the One True Doener Place, but it will do in a pinch, and it has a great downtown vibe.
 We had a slice of pie back at the Little America coffee shop and it's to be recommended too. The whole hotel was very nice. It made you feel like you might almost be able to write an online course or two.
 The next morning we tried out this boulangerie on Main Street. Excellent. 
 We had to take a walk and a swim on other breaks simply so that we could keep working and keep eating. This is in front of the county building where my grandparents got their marriage license.
And this is a Vietnamese sandwich place on State St. recommended by another friend. We finished breaking down the classes into chapters and creating a course outline and syllabi in time for checkout Sunday morning and then had brunch at Eggs in the City, which was stand-up-and-hoot good. The whole weekend was so pleasant it almost made it worth listening to the complaints about online courses!

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