CECS 5510 – Week 13 Activity 5

There is not much time left in the session to complete your project, so it is a good time to think about what needs to be done. What is left to do? What challenges have you faced? Will you be able to meet your timeline for completion? Why or why not? Will you be able to implement? Evaluate?

I was not able to stay on track to finish my course development on time.  I unfortunately let life get in the way and accidently told myself I would be able to catch up quickly.  Now I’m struggling to complete weekly assignments.

For the most part, the technology hasn’t been challenging. I did spend some time trying to figure out how to place words to the right of my images.  I finally got it by creating tables in my modules.  The only people challenge I experienced was myself.  As I mentioned, I allowed myself to get behind.  I’m overcoming this difficulty by staying after work every night for a few hours to work on my schoolwork without interruptions.  My family is not pleased with me not being home, but I recognize that I do not work on schoolwork very well – I’m not focused and I don’t produce quality work.  Staying at work is helping me get more work done.

Through this process I have learned that completing a major project within a professional deadline takes dedication.  I still believe that I would be able to accomplish it in time if it were my job and I was being paid to do it.  (Next time?  Well, I hope there isn’t a next time because I still do not enjoy instructional design.  Sorry Instructors, I prefer to do web design.)

My strengths as a designer are my attention to detail and ability to make my projects aesthetically pleasing.  I feel I produced a quality course in Canvas.  If I wanted to take the time, I would want to improve some of the words I chose to introduce topics and assignments so the student is more relaxed and is comforted by knowing there is a real person on the other side of the computer screen.

CECS 5510 – Week 11 Activity 4

By the end of this week, your full initial development must be completed. Were you able to finish according to your timeline? Why or why not?

What technology challenges have you faced? What “people” challenges have you faced? How have you sought to overcome these difficulties? What have you learned about completing a major project within a professional deadline? What will you do differently next time?

What were your strengths as a designer?
What do you need to improve?

Last week I was feeling behind schedule. This week I AM behind schedule. In spite of adding content to many of my placeholders from last week, I didn’t finish all of my course design. Some of my inability to finish comes from convincing myself that sleep was more important – which is just another way of saying I was able to find other activities more interesting than doing course design. This is too bad, because it can drastically affect my grade. But, I am aware it is difficult for me to stay on track on any assignment I am not truly interested in. Although in the past I seem to take projects more seriously when it’s getting closer to the deadline, I have been proven wrong this time.

I didn’t face any technology or people challenges while creating this course. But I have re-learned that when the assigned project isn’t my preference I need to work harder at staying focused on the project and monitoring my progress within the timeline given.

I think my strengths as a designer are being able to envision the whole picture and an attention to detail. I think my course design looks professional and would be easy for most people, undergraduate level and above, to understand. Obviously, I need to improve on following my deadlines and minimizing my distractions. I could also benefit from ignoring the excuses my inner child comes up with.

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CECS 5510 – Week 10 Activity 3

There is not much time left in the session to complete your project, so it is a good time to think about what needs to be done. What is left to do? What challenges have you faced? Will you be able to meet your timeline for completion? Why or why not? Will you be able to implement? Evaluate?

This week I am feeling behind schedule.  So much content is missing.  I need to stop working on making my Canvas course pretty and work on adding actual assignments.  I realized earlier this week that I was creating my group assignments incorrectly.  I have five group assignments and in the Collaboration section I created place holders for each of the five assignments – but only for one group. If I’m going to split the students up in to groups, each group will need their own collaboration page for each assignment.  So I started creating the other necessary pages and I put content on all three groups in one of the assignments.  Minutes ago I logged in and viewed my content and it is the right content on the wrong assignment!  My normal careful-detail-observation skill is failing me this week.  I’ve moved the group assignments around and created the rest of the place holders.  Now I’ve got to get the words typed up for the rest of the group assignments.

Other things I have yet to complete are reading assignments.  I still need to gather information that will be used to teach the lesson.  I’ve only collected some week’s “reading” assignments.  I put reading in quotation marks because some of the lessons will be delivered in video or audio, if I can find content in that format.  I want to try to keep the course interesting.

Another challenge I think I’m facing is Spring Fever.  Or, is it Graduation Fever – more correctly Senioritis?  In looking up how to spell that word I found a list of Tip for Avoiding Senioritis which includes planning ahead, not obsessing, talking and having fun.  Well, fine then.  I’m going to go have fun while camping with my daughters in the middle of April.  This creates a new goal for me – getting done with content and the Job Aid.  Actually I need to plan better for the Job Aid because I have not been comfortable with that step in previous classes I’ve taken.  I’m sure I’ll write more about my Job Aid in a later blog.

I do feel I will be able to meet the timeline for completion because I often work well under pressure.  Is it an ideal method for good work?  No, not always.  But I seem to take it more seriously when it’s getting closer to the deadline.

I don’t know about implementing the course.  Was this something we were actually going to do?  Who would sign up to take my course?  It’s not being offered in real life.  It just needs to showcase that I can create a course from start to finish.  And what about evaluating it?  Doesn’t evaluation have to happen after students have taken the course?  I created a 16-week course and there are only about 6 weeks left in the semester.  I don’t see how the evaluation step can take place.

I need to go into the CECS 5510 assignments and read what is coming up.  Maybe looking at future assignments will help me understand about implementation and evaluation.