@chendricks Not finding your toot about the course through this account but was going to say: even before reading your post, can already guess that you probably want the course to be in a constant state of improvement. Like baristas in the #ThirdWave coffeescene, members of the #DigPedPosse are driven by a quest, IMHO.
Will read your piece soon.
@Enkerli You got it! I seem never to be able to rest but always think my courses need improvement. And each time I think: ok, now this time it's going to be great. And it is, mostly, but just not quite enough. And when I look back five years or so I think--huh, why did I think *that* was a good idea at the time? 🙂
@chendricks If you weren't willing to try strange ideas, do you think your courses could ever be great? If so, try the safe route, one semester, and report back. Especially about which students enjoyed the course. Is it those who are already labeled as “good students”? If so, the perpetuation of social hierarchy is “working”. If not, write a #SoTL article about finding a safe path to pedagogy.
@Enkerli Good point about what it means if those already labeled as "good" students are enjoying and doing well in the course but not others. But I don't know how to try to expand the reach b/c if it works for others then it may not work for the first group, etc. Possible to reach different groups?