I was supposed to be presenting, or rather co-presenting a non-workshop to a large group of adjunct faculty who had never used our LMS before. We were just supposed to focus on using it with a face-to-face course, how most faculty start out, but it turned out that everyone who attended was already using it, some for many semesters. So, one thing led to another until we were deep into discussions of minor details in some of the prominent features, and way off course.
I’ve taught undergraduate classes like that where you go in with one plan and it doesn’t work out, but something better comes along and the whole class is a surprise success. Makes you wonder why you ever have a plan. Well, I wouldn’t try that route as a model, but being able to navigate a winding road where the destination is uncertain without fear of the unknown is a good quality to keep in your backpack. Tonight, my co-presenter was better equipped and I kind of stepped back and let her go for it.