My Moodle course is finished! Huzzah!!!
It felt like it took forever. It kind of did take forever. Designing then developing a seven week blended and flipped course is no paltry feat. But I came, I saw, I conquered! …That’s so corny, I apologize. But I did it, and I’m really excited because I am two weeks away from completing my Master’s of Science in Learning Technology… which means I’m two weeks away from having my evenings and weekends back! I don’t know what I’ll do with all this extra time! Now that this project is about complete, I feel like it’s all downhill from here, and that is an exciting feeling.
So how did I do it? How does someone who works 45-50 hours a week, enrolled in two accelerated grad school courses, manage to stay on top of her work (and still not completely neglect her social life)? I guess I can attribute my success to staying focused and determined, and to not sleeping as much as I should/would like. A typical weekday: wake up early, go to work for 9 hours, come home, work on grad school for 6-8 hours, sleep. That’s at least 3 weekdays a week, usually trying to workout the other evenings and maybe hang out with friends/family. I then spend another 6-8 hours on Saturday and/or Sunday finishing the week’s requirements. It’s been a very busy year, but the end is near! I’m a poet and don’t know it!
Throughout the development of my Moodle course, I hit a few technological snags. My internet is pretty reliable, but occasionally it would decide it didn’t want to work anymore… sometimes before I saved what I was working on (on Moodle or on BlackBoard). That is always SO frustrating. I’ve gotten better at preparing for these mishaps by making sure what I’m typing or what I’m working on is saved somewhere else offline also (or working on it in a program like Google Docs which saves as you go). I can’t say that I’ve had many “people” challenges. My partner, Jason, was great, my professors were super helpful, my husband took care of dinner most nights, life was/is good.
Overall, I’ve really enjoyed working on this project, and I’m excited that we’ll actually be able to implement it come January. In fact, the students who will be completing this blended course will be receiving their Chromebooks next week, so I’m excited to work with their teacher in helping them get acclimated to the Chromebooks and activities on them. It was stressful, and a whole lot of work at times, but I think I work best under pressure and I love the creativity and problem solving it requires. After years as a high school teacher, I think it’s fair to say that I’ve mastered multitasking, working under pressure and stress (uh, adolescents aren’t always friendly), being flexible, and coming up with creative solutions to problems or meeting objectives. I’m confident that I would thrive in a career that applies these same skills to the Instructional Design (or even Online/Computer-Based Instructional Design) field.