Professional Pathways, Here I Come!

dmlcommonsI am looking forward to attending and engaging with the open #DMLcommons course, Professional Pathways. It is starting this week (or last week, to be precise), though I hope to engage with some (new) colleagues and further explore what this #AltAc (alternate academic) work looks like, or at least to better consider my options.

BTW, if nothing else, perhaps it will allow me to continue my work from #ccourses so I can finally update and begin to better use my blog here!

So, if this interests you:

DML Commons is a connected course that centers on convening community around topics in digital media and learning. The class modules, offered spring of 2015, focus on discussions around professional pathways for interdisciplinary work, and design-based research, targeted at graduate students, postdocs, and junior scholars.

then join me!

 

Personal Goals for 2015

While I had mixed results with my 2014 Goals and Intentions, I want to focus on moving forward rather than looking back. After all, measuring my previous personal success won’t get me very far now that we are into the new year. Onward and upward!

Having thought about these for some time now, these are my Personal 2015 Goals:

1. Engage in Timely Communication

I want to maintain Inbox ZERO (delete, delegate, respond, defer, or do) for Email and Social Media (Twitter replies, Facebook replies, etc.). Remaining current enables a discipline that I have long struggled to maintain, with the side effect of more strongly connecting me with my networks.

2. Communicate the Connections between my Learning and Teaching

I am always learning something or another, yet I do not always share this with my networks at the time. I want to more intentionally do this through social media, my blog, and other channels.

3. Attain Financial Balance

A fool and his (her) money is soon parted, and I am tired of playing the fool.

Some progress is better than none at all!

 

Holiday Wishes for 2014

winter_solsticeHere at what many consider a holiday period, I reached out to some of my friends and colleagues to wish them the best for the Winter Solstice. Sometimes known as Yule, it is based on the calendar and the positioning of the earth and the sun, something that happens regardless of belief or creed. Many have celebrated at this time of the year as it represents a turning, the time after which the daylight hours will slowly begin to increase.

What better opportunity than using something neutral to reach out with best wishes for happiness and health?

 

 

What Do I Want to for My Blog?

. . . and here I am, only my second day in the Connected Courses experience, and already I am given homework!

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What could I have done to deserve this?! I asked for help with my blog, given how it is a bit cluttered and unfocused. No secret there; it has been a bit neglected of late, so why not ask our trusty blogchanics, Click, Link, and Embed, The Connected Brothers for help, and voila!

I thought that  would have been able to read my mind and come to my rescue, or at least assistance, but no . . . they asked me to work for it.

To be fair,  only asked a simple question:

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After all, if I cannot say what I like, then how can I give them what they need to help me get there?

OK, time to roll up my sleeves and try to identify what I like. Here goes.

To my method, I reviewed the 141 blogs (at the time) that are registered in Connected Courses, and noted the ones I was drawn to. This is not content or quality based, but rather the ones that somehow visually drew me in.

I responded to the ones with clear images that are inviting, that capture some thought or mood or interest, and whose layout is clear and easy to follow with clear and uncluttered fonts.

Visually stimulating, not an overwhelming amount of text, with clear purpose and navigation.

These are the ones that I found engaging in a way that I wanted to revisit, to try to understand what they were about, and what I could learn from them through some form of interaction.

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So, , with these as examples, what can I do to try to make my own blog here easier to follow, and ultimately, to use?ultimately, to use?

 

Do Connected Courses Connect?

connectIt has been a long time since I posted here. A really long time.

Ok, to be fair, most of the Tweets I do every day (yes, every day) are archived here; they just do not appear on the home page. Nevertheless, I have not developed or shared or expressed any of my thinking here in some time, oddly enough since I completed my doctoral work.

Yes, I am busy. Who is not? I feel pulled in more directions than I can count due to my full-time work as a project manager in healthcare, an adjunct professor teaching graduate research, and hobby engaging in research on how people develop their identity and self-expression through troublesome thresholds concept experiences, especially related to social media and online networks.

Do I have time to blog? Enough to say that could not be better stated in 140 characters? Only time will tell, but with so many interesting people here who are already sharing, supporting, and engaging in research in this area, it is time for me to more explicitly engage in this community and see what I can learn along the way that will improve my teaching, research, work, and overall satisfaction thinking about and implementing stronger connections and networks.

Why not explore all of this with others who are looking at ways of connecting open resources through the Connected Courses community and Fall 2014 experience? This experience has been described as:

Connected Courses is a collaborative community of faculty in higher education developing networked, open courses that embody the principles of connected learning and the values of the open web.

So, here we go!