Friday, August 7, 2009

The End

We have come to the end, it is all over! I will graduate in two weeks and hold the ITEC program dear in my heart. It has given me the skills needed to apply to real-world work opportunities, specifically in the educational field. I will greatly miss the assignments and deadlines, but eventually everyone has to move on. The program has prepared to continue with my career endeavors and who knows I may end up back in school AGAIN! I am glad to have completed the program and I an excited about what the future holds.


c/o 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Time coming to an end...

It has come to the end of the class. I have finished my website and submitted it for review. I hope that it is done correctly. It was very time consuming and a lot of trial and error, but in the end I think I did a pretty good job. The website was quite a challenge felt by all my classmates, so I did not feel alone. The Internet was so helpful in my quest for creating this website. I was able to Google a lot of tips and techniques that I needed to learn.

So next time someone asks me "do I think the Internet is a learning tool?" My answer will be definitive and quick -YES!


Monday, August 3, 2009

Final Week!

Hello again,

we have approached our final week of class. It has been busy, time consuming, but quite a learning experience. The assignments that we were given have all been for a purpose that was beyond me upon first encounter. I now understand the importance and significance of each assignment. I did not realize the amount of work and pre and post planning it requires to create a course management structure. I did not realize how many times I say "umm" in a sentence until embarking on the challenge of creating a podcast. I did not understand what goes into creating a website, more specifically a instructional website.

The class has been one that challenged me and made me dig deep to find the knowledge and skills to create the assignments. I know can take this experience with me and apply it in a real-world setting. I have enjoyed the learning, the discussions and the feedback. The class has been very beneficial to me and I would definitely recommend it to other students or ITEC professionals.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I am back here again, but this time more hopeful. I have been able to almost complete my portfolio (with minor tweaking still left), I have entered the information in my CMS and just need to go back through and check it against the requirements and I have began working on the class wiki assignment. I can honestly say that things are finally coming together in these last two weeks.

I think I stressed myself more than I should have - oh and I have created a consistent design for my web page that I think is really good. The class has been quite a bit of work, but I can see the need to learn how to complete the assignments. As educators or professionals in general we must try to be tech savvy and up-to-date on current technology tools. This has been quite a learning experience for me and I look forward to applying it towards real world work experience in the near future.

Until later.....

Monday, July 27, 2009

Feeling Overwhelmed

It is the start of yet another week as the semester has flown by! We are now wrapping up assignments, discussions and such. As usual at the end of the semester approaches I automatically become swamped. I have yet to finish a instructional website, create a course management structure shell, finish a portfolio and contribute to the class wiki. As you can tell I have bombarded with work, however I really enjoy them! I think that is what really makes it worth the work, the fact that you can work on something for hours without realizing that you have done so. Seeing the finishing product is so worth the hours as well.

Once I get these assignments done there will be quite a load taken off my shoulders. I am completely engaged in finishing up my semester with a bang! These are my last classes and all the hard work and time will pay off when I graduate. So until than I will stay focused and work hard!

Until next time....

Monday, July 20, 2009

Website Assignment

Okay, I am back from out of town and boy was it great. So now I am back to reality - after listening to Dr. Ingram's comments I need to do some major tweaking to my website design and rationale. I thought I was on the right track, but I know now that I am not! I need to figure out exactly how I plan to implement interactiveness as well as quizzes and tutorials.

I guess I pretty much need to start from scratch - this has become harder than I expected, but I will rise to the challenge.

My computer has crashed and right now I have limited access at work. This has been a very trying week already and it's only Monday! Lets see how the rest of the week goes...

Monday, July 13, 2009

Web Site Design

I just finished up with my website design assignment and it was not as difficult as I thought it would be. After sitting and reading the assignment criteria a few time and actually breaking it down into sections I was able to rationalize it all. I guess the initial reading made me very nervous.

I have decided to create a instructional website that teaches one how to request duplicate diplomas, transcripts, name changes and enrollment verifications. This is much needed information, especially since I work in the Registrar's Office on campus and have these questions asked repeatedly.

The chart that we had to create in Excel was quite helpful, I never realized how much planning should go into creating a website. The chart allows for one to plan ahead, with the design and the material content. This creates less of a chance to include unnecessary information or even create information overload.

The assignment has been a great help in creating the final website. It allows you to organize your ideas and create an consistent design for the site. I really liked that we had to create this assignment before we actual create the final website.