As most of you will be aware my PD project for this year was Coffeecourses – a completely different design to the standard workshop model of professional development. It’s been running for about six months now and I thought it was about time to take stock on it.
So. Stuff I like about it:
- It’s completely open and anyone can come do stuff
- Anyone can do whatever bits they like whenever they like
- It’s not in an LMS
Stuff I don’t like about it:
- I generate all the content. Really struggling with this aspect.
- Content gets pushed at people (so it’s RSS instead of ‘unit materials’. I’m not convinced I’m doing anything different here)
- It’s too hands-off – while I didn’t want to restrict or dictate how people participated, I think too much freedom in this regard has resulted in a few tumbleweeds
- I’ve fallen into the trap of ‘topics to fix what I think is wrong around the place’ and ‘topics I think people want’ rather than ‘topics that might actually challenge people’ – content has really been a bit safe
I know that everyone got quite excited about it initially and I still like that I’ve done something that gets away from the standard workshop model, but these last few points for me I think are deal-breakers. A conversation with @s_palm and @daveowhite the other night about old wine in new bottles (which was about moocs but the principles still stand) rings a little too loudly here – have I really done something all that different? The format has changed, but is it really just talking at people in a chunked-up, asynchronous, RSS-delivered open way instead of in a room with a slide deck?
The choice I have now is whether I keep it going and tweak it, or scrap it and start designing something completely different (which, tbh, I am already doing in the back of my head). Thoughts?