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.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

We are in Week # 4!

The summer and this course has passed me right by! We are in the fourth week of the course already! I am amazed and excited how quickly time has flown. I have learned quite a bit in this course in a short amount of time. I have gained experience creating a WebQuest, a website, getting to know Moodle (from the instructor perspective) and creating a presence for myself in a online community.

This course has afforded me with knowledge and skills that I can and will carry into my professional career. I have become knowledgeable of new technologies from my classmates that I did not know existed. I am grateful for the diversity of our class - teachers, non teachers, trainers, etc this has allowed us all to present different ideas or suggestions on the discussion board. I think that is quite beneficial for ALL students. I will take a great deal away from this class and I am glad I chose to take this course.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Well we have received clarification on our website design assignment. I am still a bit hazy on this, but with the teacher's response I think I have a firmer grasp on this concept that before. I am a bit more confident that I understand what is expected - he will also attempt to post sample assignments which will be very useful.

I think that I will use Excel for the table capabilities and I will go ahead and play around with Gliffy to see how it can be beneficial for this assignment. At least at this point I can begin to start on the assignment with and understanding of what is expected. I am glad however, that I was not alone in my confusion - other students stressed the same confusion as I.

We will see how this goes...


Website Design

This week we are working towards a website design assignment. To say the least I am completely baffled as to how to begin. I understand the requirements for the assignment, but I am not quite sure how to present them. I am not alone, other students in the course has posed the same question. We are awaiting Dr. Ingram's response.

On a happy note, the semester is winding down and I went to Grad Fair today. It doesn't seem like it has been two years already but it has. The time has flown! I am very excited and yet nervous because I don't know my next step in life. Maybe I'll just sign back up for school, but we will see.

Back to the website design assignment...maybe if I begin by creating objectives and goals I may get an idea of the next step. We will see.

to be continued....

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Moving Forward

Now that we have gotten past the webquest assignment I can breathe a little easier. Even though the assignment was time consuming, I got a lot out of it. It helped me to reflect on the importance of creating a diverse environment as well as becoming very methodical. It makes one think ahead in order to create a truly effective assignment for students.

The webquest assignment is one that teaches us how to teach others. It breaks up the monotony of traditional lecture based teaching and gets students involved. It allows students to take some ownership of their leanings - which could increase their engagement, especially if it's a topic that they have a great deal of interest in. Students can take from this probably more than a lecture can offer. Utilizing other teaching methods will keep the classroom interesting as well as create a climate of inclusiveness. I think in all the assignment was much needed and important in developing each students skills.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Webquest Assignment

So I have finally completed my webquest assignment using Quest Garden. It took a whole lot more work than I thought it would. I assumed that because the template was already created that plugging in the information would be quite simple. I found this quickly to not be the case - plugging in the necessary information was quite time consuming and difficult for me. Knowing exactly what was too much and what was too little; when to include graphics and when not to; how to relay information for elementary school students, etc. The process became a bit overwhelming at times, but I just had to work on other assignments and come back to it.

Now that I am finished with it and I am looking at the finished product, I am quite happy with it. It turned out the way I expected it to, it looks aesthetically appealing and is written to speak to 3-5 grade students. I believe that the webquest will do a lot of good in helping those same students become comfortable with cultural differences and be able to put there thoughts into respectable words for future discussions on the topic. I hope that the assignment is well received.


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Classes for me have been very busy! I have spent a great deal of time creating a Webquest and locating tools that will not make them look so boring. I ended up using Quest Garden which was very user friendly, but there was some technical difficulties with the site quite a bit. It became very important that you work ahead of time if you are faced with a deadline because the site is continuously experiencing difficulties.
After getting started on the Webquest I decided to teach to elementary school learners which was very different for me. The projects that I usually create are for college students, so that was new to me. I found myself having to return to various sections and simplify the wording in order for a elementary school student to be able to understand it.
In the end I think that it will be very successful and encourage students to become culturally competent. Students will be able to understand why each person looks differently and even speaks differently. It will help them understand and appreciate each other uniqueness.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Webquest Assignment

I have been considering topics for my webquest and have decided on the topic of "requesting transcripts". As I have mentioned I work full time in the Registrar's office on campus and deal with students, employees, alumni, etc. The question that has been asked over and over and over has been "How do I request my transcripts?" I have come to the conclusion that either no one likes to read or the Registrar's homepage is not thorough enough.

It amazes me how many times a day I receive that very same question and I have to give the information out over and over. I figured by creating a thorough step-by-step webquest would decrease the number of times I have to repeat myself, at least than I could direct them to the Webquest. My audience is one that I know well and the Webquest would work because it allows one to update information quickly, link multiple pages, create user and instructor manuals and easily accessible.

I am hoping that the Webquest will allow me to regain my sanity. Otherwise I will just record myself recitng the instructions and just play that every time someone ask me "How do I request my transcripts?"

To be continued...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Week # 1

Good afternoon,

this is the first week of classes and I just getting back into the swing of things. I have the read the introductions of my fellow classmates and the group is quite diverse. I look forward to completing this course, working with others and learning so much! Our first assignment is a Web Quest - I have created these before, but I will definitely need to brush up on my skills.

I am excited to have the opportunity to take classes that will aide me in future endeavors and teach me to help/train others in the technology field. I also hope to be able to transition my learned skills back into the field of education - one day...

I look forward to all that the course entails...