As the days get shorter, it feels good to settle in for the evening with a looping project (or two). This week, it feels even better because (whew!) my looping eCourses are all now completely at home on their new site. The new classrooms will better meet the needs of a stitching community that’s scattered across the globe.
I spent a lot of time over the summer getting the New Age Looping Basics and Cross-Knit Looping eCourses up and running on the new class platform. There have been some big changes this move. One is that all of my online classes are now available as self-paced courses with no fixed dates for starting or ending. Life happens, and at some point everybody has a week/month/year where they feel like a hamster on a wheel. That’s exactly when you most need relaxing handwork like looping, but maybe not the best time for a class. The improved notification system on the new site lets me be responsive to students at a variety of places in a course. All of the course material is available all the time now, which is perfect for those eager to absorb as much as possible as quickly as possible. And the material will still be available when you have time to go back to review a unit after some sampling and reflection.
There are other aspects of the change I like very much, too. Now, PDF handouts are available as an Etsy digital download as soon as you complete the registration for a course. And no more waiting for starter kit materials to arrive: That was something I felt I needed to do to comply with Etsy’s terms of service. When I began offering online classes, Etsy wanted “tangible” products. That could be a little confusing, considering a course might not start until weeks after registration. I will be adding materials starter kits to my Etsy shop as a separate purchase, but now international students won’t be hit with those high shipping fees.
There are a hundred other little things that went into the new site that probably wouldn’t interest anyone except maybe a school IT person: interactive activity features, completion tick boxes, video pages and more. And there are still things I’d like to do with the site, but might need a school IT person to hold my hand. Still, it’s been a great move.
It really started early last summer when I launched a free online Intro To Looping class on my new class platform. While students from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, the Netherlands, Belgium, Iceland, Israel, Spain and Taiwan were learning about looping, I was learning more about how to manage the new platform. Thank you all for your interest and enthusiasm!
If you missed it, that class is still available. Just go to http://eepurl.com/i35eT and click “Free Intro To Looping Online Class” to register. Or click the pictures below for full descriptions or to register for New Age Looping Basics and Cross-Knit Looping.
And now, back to stitching. I’m almost grateful to have frost nip the garden this week. Truly, I have all the grated zucchini my freezer will hold.