So what am I talking about? As I recently mentioned in a post I was developing a course on wetlands and how it relates to stormwater and erosion and sediment control. We felt there was a tremendous need for a class like this, since we always talk about wetlands in our classes and the need to avoid impacting them. We felt that I was the person to do this because I have worked as a wetland scientist throughout the U.S.A. since the early 1990-s. Well, we have rolled out the class and given it at two locations. The class has been well received and the evaluations are great. Both the materials and the teacher (me) are well liked. So there is something to say for being multifarious, a jack of all trades, it helps in thinking things through in developing a class and standing in front of a room and talking about a subject. I discussed that in this post as well.
However, I can report all is well and I have received compliments from the group that considered asking us to cancel the classes and we received an offer from them to co-teach the class with me, the greatest compliment I can get. I consider it a breaking down of a virtual wall between groups that is there whether you want to admit there is a wall or not.
But one thing is for sure you never get to tear down walls or get these neat unforeseen consequences if you don't try!
And yes, I need to really try to be more transparent in my course design, I guess.