Reflection Essay

Carefully reflect on each of these questions and write your thoughtful response for each question:

  1. What are some common mistakes made by a rookie curriculum creator?
  2. What were some of the key takeaways as you took this course?
  3. What are some of the best courses you have taken and why?  How did the assignment landscape for this course look like?  How did the learning/UX plot graph look like for this course?
  4. What are some of the worst courses you have taken?  Why were they so bad?  How did the assignment landscape for that course look like?  How did the learning/UX plot graph look like for that course?
  5. Have you had times where you had difficult time teaching really difficult concept but through repetitions, somehow you figured out a really clever way to teach that concept?  How long did it take, before that discovery, for you to teach that concept?  How does it now take for someone to understand that concept with your method?  What prompted that aha moment for you?
  6. Why is it important to teach real class to real students, especially when creating a course?
  7. Why is it important to launch quickly and test the course to a real group of students?
  8. What are some of the inspirations you have received recently, in terms of how you can help students learn more effectively?  What did you do with these inspirations?
  9. When real students are going through the course, what are some of the things you should be paying attention to while the class is on-going?
  10. Why is it important to not take always students' keyboard and start typing things on their behalf?  What's Michael's recommended approach for handling students' questions/concerns/bugs?
  11. On a scale of 0-10, how effective are you at creating awesome courses right now?  In 6 months, where do you think you would be, in terms of this same scale?  What would you have done in the next 6 months to have achieved this outcome?