Updating my resume

Nothing to see here.

That sure is a shame.

It’s time to update my resume, and that means sprucing up my website, adding new posts, doing a general culling of fluff.

Notes on what to include

  1. Program management
  2. People management
  3. Marketing
  4. Communications
  5. UA System knowledge
  6. Personal work-related goals
  7. Roles held

If you’re looking for someone who has a great grasp of the wide variety of roles within the university system I have filled quite a few. At last I landed at UAF eLearning–it was my third time applying. I’ve been here for over six years. For me that’s a long time. Loving it still. Looking for how I can be more and do more.

Brand new day

Yesterday I received my VoiceThread Certified Educator badge through VoiceTread (Credly badge displayed).

Next up is Google for Education Certified Trainer. May it take less than a year. I’m supposed to get it done by April 2018.

Coolio. Let’s begin.

Instant Pot

So, I got a new kitchen toy in mid December. I’ve not used it anywhere near as much as I would like.

This is a post to admit that, and to say … ONE TIME per month—at a minimum—I intend to try something new with it.

What’s up for January? … Not quite sure – just grabbed “Instant Pot Ultimate CookBook: The Complete Pressure Cooker Guide with Delicious and Healthy Instant Pot Recipes (Instant Pot Cookbook, Pressure Cooker Recipes Book 1)

I need to check through my pantry and decide what to make as we’re running out of January.

February (on deck) … making coconut ‘yogurt.’

There is so much fall clean up going on… but I need to think about Spring 2017 and CITS F222: Website Design

Hello Everyone!

  • In October I will review and update the Syllabus for Spring 2017.
  • In late October I will prep the schedule–calendar–for Spring 2017.
  • In November you’ll see changes to module pages updating them for the Spring week-by-week layout.
  • In December the site will get a bit of a face-lift to refresh specific sections.
    • This is also when I’ll review all of the reading materials (links) that are not from our text and update as needed.
Grass growing around the sewer lid

Getting serious about Twitter?

099373-twitter-bird3-squareEgads! I’m a professional. I’ve been online since (okay, I won’t say)… but in the five years I’ve had a Twitter account–the one I use, not the one I want–I’ve not tweeted *enough.*

Enter IF THIS THEN THAT to the rescue. I most certainly have communicated a LOT and shared cool tools and how-tos via different web interfaces. Let’s consolidate. “Let’s get connected…”

Now, the interesting thing to me was WHEN I decided to start pushing my WP posts to my Twitter feed, I was presented with a fun dilemma – JetPack would connect my WordPress.com sites to my personal WordPress site hosted elsewhere. Verra cool!

What am I doing now? Frittering away time that I should be spending on my Financial Peace homework, or working on the draft ONID Project site. Yeah. It’s that kind of day.

What’s up with the sewer lid?
I took this photo when out walking (August 2016) and found it awesome that grass will grow…

Revamping CITS F222 for Spring

While I truly enjoy spending a few hours just playing around with WordPress, sometimes it feels as if I’m under pressure to find just the right thing.

I did that earlier this week. It took a lot of playing and a bit of tweaking, plus a few other people’s eyes. Here is my final layout:

cits screen shot of website

It is simple. It is clean. I’m going to try to stick with it for all of the weeks. Of course, some will be slightly different. ALL of them need to have an image that represents that week’s lesson.

Graphic from http://deakinprime.com/

Model Student Creation

Let’s say you’re a faculty member and you want your students to research a topic and then synthesize the information. {Don’t skip this step… it is about learning, creating supports learning. It is not simply about creating.} Add a creative element to the process by asking the student to curate their findings online. A few tools you can use (and student examples) include:

Before your students create, model the behavior you want to see. Students can create video lecture, presentation, online posters, timeline, audio files similar to how an instructor can. If you want students to use YouTube videos for course presentations, embed YouTube videos as a welcome note and lecture items early in the semester. Also link to or provide getting started materials.

Places to curate and arenas to use for sharing products vary from class to class, but good choices for UAF students include: Google Sites and Google Drive Folders because all UAF students have access to the Google Apps.

Learn more and see more examples – https://iteachu.uaf.edu/online-training/grow-skills/filelink-management/content-curation-tools/

Resources

UAF eLearning and Distance Education designers write teaching tips each week. The following are a few you may want to put in your Getting Started folder or your introduction to the module:

Featured image from http://deakinprime.com/news-and-publications/news/create-or-curate

baby clothes sorted for quilt

Baby quilt

Get excited… I am. Blair of WiseCraft made a quilt out of Aedan’s clothes. I haven’t seen the pictures yet – the quilt is in Portland with the photographer. Here’s a quick shot of the clothes I sent for her to use.

I’m the youngest of five children; my family and friends blessed me with both an amazing largess of items before he was born, AND hand-me-downs… my three brothers all have kids and two women from church gave me boxes of items. That’s just one reason why I’ve carefully laundered and packaged up the most usable items and sent them on their way to friends who were pregnant or just gave birth. I kept quite a bit for exactly this purpose–maybe some day… a quilt!

I heard back from Blair and she kept out the two items I marked ‘most treasured.’