When I took my first steps into MOOspace, I discovered I was quite the realist and a conservative to boot. I felt I needed--and my students would desire--a space that resembled a traditional classroom as much as possible. So I spent the better part of 3 months creating a space that contained tools analogous to those one finds in a traditional classroom. There were six tables with chairs to sit at, a blackboard and notice board, a teacher's desk, a bookshelf, and a projector. The five small tables had six seats at them--five for the students and an additional one for me. There was a sixth large table with a capacity to seat 26 for when we met as an entire class. The bookshelf held copies of readings not available in the textbook, and the projector could be used as a typical overhead projector. I lovingly spent hours writing and formatting lectures to display on the MOO. I learned the ins and outs of MOO line editors; I practiced for days using the slide projector to ensure that just the right amount of lecture material would display on the screen at the precise moment. I created reams of handouts on using MOOs for my students--never mind the fact that all MOOs have extensive help indexes. The semester was just about to begin; I was ready, the room was perfectly designed. The students were registered. But did they "wanna MOO?"
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