What have you learned from this online class? Describe your learning experience briefly.
This online course has not only taught me how to use computer programs that i never knew about but it taught me how to do things on my own computer that I did not know it could even do. I have never before needed to use the function keys until we had to use the print screen for an assignment. While the directions did not work for my H.P. I did manage to figure it out and get the print screen to work in order to use Power Point. Not only did I learn how to use the function keys but i learned how to make a Power Point and change the ease of access from the control panel on my computer. The class has taught me more things that i will remember or ever use. I am the type of person who must use something more than once a year in order to remember it and currently the line of work that I am in does not allow nor require me to use this type of computer software.
What were your weak and strong points? Explain.
Normally, my strong points are turning in assignments long before they are due, completing task far beyond expectations, and exceeding my own expectations but this semester could not have been any further from that. This semester I discovered while my husband is deployed that I have a Pseudotumor and I am currently under going treatment. By strong points have always been keeping my head up high and finishing everything that i start not matter the outcome. Sometimes it is not how you finish but making sure that you do. In this case I know that it is very important in how i finish but I also know that my health is very important. With no family or friends to discuss this with I must stay strong and keep my head high.
How did you like the interaction between you and your peers, you and instructor? Explain in details. Provide examples if necessary.
The students in this class have been amazing. The help that they demonstrated during the group project was beyond what could possibly be expected. I will be honest that this is the most demanding online class i have ever had though. One issue i had is with the first online meeting. The original handout i printed had an online meeting time set for one time which i printed out and then later it was changed to a later time. I did not notice this until later and had already schedule an event. The teacher was understand along with my friends and i just logged in with everyone at my house and allowed them to listen to the lecture at the same time that i was entertaining a houseful of people. The members of my group were wonderful. Very helpful and without them I would not have been able to do what i did.
Reflect on the communication tools used in this class. From your experience, explain the advantages and disadvantages of the communication tool you used most. Provide examples if necessary.
This class required us to use Google Drive more than I have ever used it for any other class. This was the first class that I have ever sued Google Drive for and because of this class I was actually able to use it for a group project that I had in another class. I do find it to be very time consuming though and think that I would just use my Drop box App which is already installed on my phone, tablet, and lap top instead of Drop box because it does the same thing as Google drive but i do not have to upload the files to it. I have my phone automatically set to upload any files I compose, record, or take pictures of and place into my Drop box. Perhaps because I am use to the Drop box I will stick with it. I think that some of the disadvantages of Google drive is that links of sharing. If i do not have a webpage or blog page than I have to have the direct email to send the url link in order for someone to view. This is a huge hassle and headache when I could just use my Drop box and access it from anywhere.
Finally discuss your experiences with blogfolio. What aspects of blogfolio do you like most or least? Explain in details.
Oh my goodness! Where do I start? I can say that I know for a fact I will never find myself making a blog page unless I have to. I find it to time consuming for me. Perhaps because I am not sure what I am going to teach or how it pertains to me but I found the blog page to be very demanding. To work 40 hours a week , then go to sporting events 4-5 days a week, to be mom and dad while my husband is deployed, and to get diagnosed with a medical condition that I had no clue was coming it is just a lot. I know that people do way more and they do it every day and it seems like excuses but for me this was a lot to take on when you find out that you have fluid around your brain and you are only 27. So to say the least I do not know how to deal with keeping up with a blog page and everything else right now. I do not know how this relates to my line of work because currently i work in the medical field and I have not even started to teach in a classroom setting except for a few substitute classes. The one things that I do like about blogging is being able to read the comments that others post. I am not one who likes to read, in fact i hate it and never do it unless i have to but I love to read what other classmates have to post about my blog postings.