I feel horrible for neglecting the blog. Each week Asana pops up a reminder that I should be writing on the site and sharing what I have been learning. Yet each week I have been ignoring the call.
It isn’t that I haven’t had time. It is simply that I have been spending my time on other projects. The key project being the methodology section of my dissertation. Who knew writing a dissertation would be so hard? Oh yeah everyone.
In my efforts to save time while servicing my students I have made two changes over the past few months. The first is adding the use of ScheduleOnce.com to allow students to schedule appointments with me instead of just calling and hoping I was available. The most recent has been the addition of Online Office Hours.
Many who teach online enjoy the “almost” complete lack of a predetermined schedule. I am one of those. Yes I have a few meetings but for the most part I can work when I want and when I am at my best. For me that is in the mornings, the earlier the better.
I have decided to offer online office hours from 8pm to 9:15pm on Thursdays since that is the one evening each week that I am guaranteed to be home due to my own life circumstances. Since I live a time zone away from most of my students many of them have me from 7pm to 8:15pm.
So what is the method for setting up Easy Online Office Hours.
- Choose your URL, for me I registered a new one, but if you have something like pretty links on WordPress you will need to choose the URL you are going to use.
- Set up a scheduled Google Hangout about a year or so in the future. I’m not sure why but this makes the link more stable.
- Copy the link to your scheduled google hangout
- Forward your convenient URL to your google hangout URL
- Show Up.
That’s it, the method is so stable I added a line to my email signature. And just like real office hours there is no obligation for students to show up. The ones that want to will, sometimes those who need to will, but it is a self selecting bunch so I always have a great group of students.