I am still not sure of what my expectations are of the course as of yet. Today seemed to go by very fast with a lot of communication, which was much better then being stuck on a computer. It was good to see some familiar faces from other courses and meet some new people. I enjoy social interaction and would much rather have a face to face conversation with a person, instead of sending something in an email or text.
One goal for the course would be to learn more about technology and find better ways to utilise it in my subject matter (firearms). Right now I feel because of what I teach, the use of technology is very limited to power points or videos. I have had little to no exposure with the use of technology myself, however, I really hope this courses opens up some new avenues for me to proceed down as an instructor. I would like to take away some new forms or mediums that I can incorporate in my class to keep the lecture side of things interesting. I hope to discover some new types of technology that will assist in this goal.
One idea that I had today while driving home was to develop a website, where I could upload some safety training information or videos in relation to firearms training, as the safety aspect is the same for all weapons systems and all levels, be it a recruit level or instructor level. As my current students range from in house Cadets, to shift workers living everywhere from Nunavut to Ontario, I think having this information available to them at their convenience would be of great benefit. Again this would be a pre-course assignment, as I would still have to cover the information in class, due to the seriousness and complexity of the shooting on a live range.