The purpose of this discussion post is to describe my plan for completing the dissertation, including my timetable for completing and celebrating particular milestone. Plan I am a big procrastinator, and the course video mentions the importance to sticking to a regular schedule to complete the dissertation (Laureate Education, Inc., 2012). To help me with that, I plan to use Microsoft Outlook to schedule time into my daily schedule to work on my dissertation and set tasks on what to work on it. I plan to work on my dissertation for two to three hours on Monday-Thursday and at least an hour on Friday-Sunday. Synching my Microsoft Outlook calendar with both my phone and iPad mini allows me to receive alerts when I am on the go, which will remind me to stop what I am doing and pull out my laptop to work on my dissertation.
I enrolled in my first online distance learning course in the fall of 2010 knowing that I had many challenges before me. I found this mode of learning fast paced, and challengin... ... middle of paper ... ...s has played an integral part to student learning and matriculation. As I near completion of my degree, and reflect back on my journey through distance learning, I continue to formulate meaning, knowledge and insight to concepts and best practices in the field. However, my goal is to implement best practices, and theory of virtual learning into new student courses. I am also introducing students to the skills needed to be successful online learners, navigating the online infrastructure—Blackboard—and to analyze and research information to solve issues with the software, and obtain needed data to make informed decisions as autonomous learners, not relying on instructors or peers for information that is available virtually.
I keep students fully informed of their progress during the semester, always announce final grades before the end of the semester, and give every student a last chance to improve the final grade during the week of finals. Teaching and Technology Technology is an essential and integrated part of my teaching. It is crucial for students to feel comfortable with the technologies that are becoming available; they need to know how to use a new technology effectively, what its limits are, and what to do when the technology fails. I am quite interested and familiar with recent innovations. Computer simulations and numerical experiments are traditional parts of many courses I
Even now, as I am returning to school to continue my education, I no longer hold the same fears about online learning that I once did. Instead, I am excited to put what I learned in my first online course to work again as I move through my Bachelor’s Degree program with Western Governors University.
Gaining an understanding of the differences between a Ph.D. and an Applied Doctorate helped me to realize that at this point I was working toward the correct degree. During the second week we prepared a time management workbook. This was an outstanding way to prepare students mentally for present and future time challenges. During the third week of the Foundations of Doctoral Study in Business class, the focus was on academic integrity and APA format and style. I enjoyed taking the Northcentral Academic tutorial and questionnai... ... middle of paper ... ...motes student mobility; allowing them to take clips from webpages and create a searchable database from those clips.
There are many ways to achieve my future plan I have to utilize the tools and resources I been given throughout the class. While I was completing my first assignment, there was a link that took me to a section at collegeboard.com. The link had questions that helped me discover what I want to in the future. There were ten questions that asked about your talents, things that challenges, and who you look up to. My week two assignment was to take the interest profiler and after taking the test it showed me that I am interested in computer related careers.
I have learned many new skills in my first semester of college. The first new skill I have learned is time management. We discussed this for a long time in ACA 122. Time management is being able to use time wisely and make the best of it. For instance, backwards planning an essay so it gets done in a reasonable amount of time.
I took a web design class second semester and instantly knew that I definitely wanted to make a career involving computers, and doing what I love. All of my experiences up to this point in my life have all played a specific role in making me unique. My family, Teens Westward Bound, and MGSD’s conversion have all helped me become who I am today and who I hope to be in the future.
My instructors contact information is also a valuable resource with in my course syllabus. The Center For Writing Excellence is one of the best resources. I can use this resource in many ways: If I have a paper I want reviewed for grammar and structure, I just submit my paper wait no longer than twenty four hours, and there will be an icon beside my submitted paper telling me that it is done, and all I have to do is click on it and review it's corrections. This resource also has a plagiarism checker so I can be sure that my work is free and clear of any plagiarism. This checker will let me know where I missed a quote and this will enable me to fix the paper before I submit it to my instructor.
Students have the ability to plan their valuable time more effectively and stay on a path they have designed for themselves. The types of technology that can be used are computer calendars, phone applications, or any other type the student feels will be best utilized for them to improve their success. By designing a timeframe that works with their schedule, they are able to plan out days, weeks or months and remain on track. Planning into the near or distant future will ensure that the student remains on their self-made plan to accomplish all of the tasks that they seek to accomplish. According to a survey conducted by Edtech magazine How Technology is Powering Academic Success, seventy-five percent of students say that technology helped them achieve their academic outcomes (Daly, 2012).