Friday, 27 January 2012

A busy teaching week

On the whole, I'm generally comfortable with the progress of my courses this week. I would have liked my Entrep Mgr students to be better prepared for the case that Dr. Gregson presented, but I appreciate that the structure of the term at Edinburgh limits student investment in courses in the first 2 weeks. On the other hand, my Informatics course, aside from being nearly twice as large as planned, has a number of groups that have set up Google Sites and appear to be actively investigating the feasibility of their opportunities. I'm very excited to see how they progress over the next few weeks.

I think I have ironed out most of the major challenges of Google Sites, and my guess is that most of the students in the course have realized that the system is relatively easy to use. Traffic on all the sites is solid, if not extraordinary, and I think the links between pages and sites are holding up well. I'm fascinated to know that nearly 30% of the hits on the Informatics Entrepreneurship site utilize Chinese. I've received invitations to Google sites that have Chinese navigation bars. I'm very lucky that the students speak and write English better than I speak/write Chinese :)

The feedback is generally positive, and students seem receptive to the key concepts and the teaching style. That's all that I can ask for.

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