Honestly, there were so many great things about this course that it's hard to just name a few! To start, having to use free and open course materials was a real eye-opener for me - I had no idea that there is such a wealth of high-quality resources available to the public. I found the variety of weekly discussion topics was well-rounded; various aspects of using tech were discussed, rather than just one type. Having the freedom to choose our own topic of the week gave me much-needed practice in creating a lesson and facilitating discussion. The weekly meetings allowed me to practice using conferencing technology (I was a newbie); it was also nice to interact with everyone in a way other than writing!
I really don't feel there's any need to improve anything (I loved this course!) but agree that having to reply to others' posts would encourage even more discussion. At the same time, I've taken online classes that had the same requirement, and sometimes there just isn't much to say (I don't mean that in a negative way). Maybe a response requirement could be over a certain time period, such as 'make X amount of responses to others during the length of the course'? I also agree that varying the chat times might allow more people to participate.
In closing, I just want to thank everyone for sharing all of their wonderful ideas; I have learned SO much about so many different things - what a great experience!
I just can't resist using Google Translate one last time (though this won't be in Finnish) to give Dr. Droujkova a big спасибо!
Hope everyone has a safe and happy summer - take care!