I taught my first college class on Saturday. I wasn’t worried too much when I agreed to teach ART 265 – The Business of Art (Web Design) because it’d never been taught before, as part of an entirely new program at the community college at which it’s being offered.
The course was envisioned for freelancers who are seeking ways to market themselves on the web. What I ended up with is a majority of the class who are interested in using the web to market existing businesses they own. We’re not talking web businesses, but bricks and mortar businesses that are have a presence on the web.
So the whole thing changed. I could’ve kept the course the way I’ve outlined it, but I’ve decided to adapt it a bit to make it more relevant to everyone. We’ll still cover everything the way it’s written in the syllabus, but the projects I developed will focus more heavily on web marketing concepts than I think I initially imagined.
Because the class meets primarily online (we only have 3 in-class sessions during the 10-week term) I really needed to figure out quickly what we’d do to ensure that no one left the class feeling like they got nothing out of it.
The front of the classroom wasn’t really that big a deal. I mean, I’ve been standing in front of classrooms for a long time now. The audiences are different and writing the syllabus was a new challenge for sure, but…once we got going I found that it wasn’t much different from giving a presentation, really.
It’ll be an interesting experience for sure, going forward. I think had I not had the experience of having taught lots of other things in the past, maybe I’d have been more daunted by all of it. But I’ve taught adult ESL, given tons of workshops and speeches and of course, taught tennis for about a decade now. So while the venue is different, it’s a lot of the same skills and about as fun as I expected it to be, too.