Only a few of you know me already, but I’m a history instructor at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California. I got together some early-adopter faculty in 2005 and we created the Program for Online Teaching, to help other instructors learn well online, and to learn from each other. I’ve taken two other open courses (though as a credit student): CCK08 and EC&I831.
I’m not terribly visual, and I’m still trying to understand mashup culture as a good thing, so I thought it would be challenging to take this class in the open.Years ago I decided I didn’t want all the stuff I created residing on the college servers. I have a Basic account at Lunarpages, and I’ve always been happy with it. Their support is helpful, and so far I have plenty of space for programs. I can add anything I want through the C-Panel, including Moodle and some of that wonderful old open source stuff (called freeware then), even though I’m not a programmer. I had to learn some things, of course. I got some unwanted traffic/use/spam on my site, because I didn’t understand the CHMOD idea. I still don’t know everything I need to know about bandwidth (for example, I wasn’t sure whether I had enough in the basic account to run my own open course, because I’m not sure what the numbers mean, really). And although I am usually religious about keeping a copy of everything on my hard drive, for this class I’m winging it in a lot of ways, which is liberating.