This week I had a really fun and exciting time, despite of all the turmoil going on in the U.S. I held my first LIVE online Zentangle class! It was sort of a test-drive to see how interactive online teaching can be.
These are the tangles we worked on: Vega (Zentangle), Garlic Cloves (Jacquelien Bredenoord) and Hollibaugh (Zentangle):
Here are three other tiles I created while selecting tangles for this class:
About the Live Online Class
The class was held on Wednesday morning, November 9, 2016 and lasted a little bit over 2 hours. Here are a couple of screenshots showing the 16 participants participants and their tiles (used with permission):
The class was conducted as a regular Zentangle class, where I demonstrated for a little while, and then let students work on their own tiles. We followed the classic Zentangle 8-step method.
After the tangling session was completed, there was a brief time for Q&A session, and that was really fun!
I sent out a feedback questionnaire for participants to fill out after the class was over, and the conclusions corresponded to my own. The main conclusion is that, while students found my demos very valuable and especially enjoyed hearing my thought process while creating a tile, that does not require the class to be LIVE, it can be easily achieved with videos, which I plan to start offering for sale in the very near future.
We all felt that the tangling session lacked some of the interactivity available in a live class. As an instructor, I find that particularly important, since a teacher relies on observation to determine if students are feeling hurried or bored.
The need to carve out time for a live class is especially difficult these days with all the different time zones. Therefore, I feel that live online classes might be suitable for situations where there is NO opportunity at all for a live class, or for smaller private groups.
On the other hand, the Q&A session was really fun, and I think I would enjoy doing that more often as a sort of support to my ebooks and upcoming videos.
Here is the mosaic I assembled with the picture of the participants:
Copyright 2016 Eni Oken. All images used with permission. Other copyrights belong to their respective owners.