It's a darn good thing I just took a class in instructional design & educational technology. My VP approached me a couple of days ago and says he wants me to work out an online learning system for homebound students.
I think before I took this class, I would have charged this assignment with guns blazing, ready to use the coolest, latest piece of tech I'd found. Then I'd get overwhelmed. Then I'd have been inevitably frustrated with a disappointing result.
Now, I realize how much time for analysis I'll need- and how much I can take. I'll need to analyze who are current homebound students are, and what online learning they would be amenable to. I'll examine past homebound students and see what their needs were. I'll reach out and try to find successful models elsewhere (any help, internet?). I'll look at hardware, time issues, which teachers have the necessary skills, just to name a few things.
I'll have to develop a training plan for the teachers and test it out myself. Field trials would be a must in this case.
I think I can do this. A wise teacher once told me to "eat your elephant one bite at a time." Well, this new project is definitely an elephant. And I think I know how to dig in and get started.