As some of you may know though I did not announce it on my blog I ran an online course yesterday for the first time.
The class was full day and about the evolution involved with CQRS and Event Sourcing. It was an interesting experience as it was my first time utilizing the medium. Here are some thoughts from my perspective on how it went.
- Registration was good. EventBrite was relatively painless to work with. Registration filled up very quickly.
- I liked the donation model for people. Some people came in for free others were very generous. I like that it gives opportunities to people who may otherwise not be able to receive the content
- No crashes thankfully with livemeeting.
- Good questions from group.
- Lovely setting to work from (outside by Darrel Miller’s pool in the sun :))
- Medium is far less interactive than I prefer to be.
- It is quite weird to sit and talk to a computer for 8 hours.
- I feel I need to change some content + build a few additional slides, I am too accustomed to just grabbing a whiteboard
- Need to break out more distinct “chapters” for the online version
Overall I kind of question the benefit of doing things in the online format. Overall I think I will do it one or two more times but I feel that once I get the format nailed down I would probably be better off to just record the 8 hour session and put it up for download etc. The main reason for this is that the medium is much more so uni-directional and lacks in large amounts of interaction. Having questions is a good thing but its not nearly as interactive as say a classroom setting where I can just whip out a pen and start drawing on the whiteboard to answer the question. Going with the recording a think a venue where people could ask questions would generally suffice for most of the interactions that happen live.