At the time that I wrote the note in the padlet area, I was feeling somewhat overwhelmed and apprehensive. Writing out my feelings clarified that I need to apply the principle of Design Thinking to my preparation for the fall semester. I know that I am dealing with the HUGE unknown since I have no way of knowing my learners at this point but I must prepare for the journey.
My thoughts are to have some exercises in the very first week to truly get to know my learners so that I can modify any pre-semester work activities that I have designed and planned for to perform in the first 7 weeks of the course. Since we are using a 7-1-7 delivery this gives me the opportunity to make changes in the final leg of the course journey to bring about a successful conclusion to the course.
One of the main things I hope to teach the incoming first year students is the importance of time management. To do this I am thinking of having exercises that break down into small chunks the key objectives; this is meant to inspire in the students a feeling of accomplishment in finishing a work in a timely fashion (before the class ends) while still having a minimum of work to be done outside of the class as homework with the objective of preparing for the next class.