In one week from Sunday, I will officially have completed all my coursework for my Master of Science in Learning Technologies! I cannot tell you how excited this makes me. I look forward to taking up old hobbies and reading for fun again! I also look forward to the other job opportunities this might afford me, and at the very least, the pay raise it will get me (though the raise would still take about 13 years for me to break even for grad school, not because grad school was so expensive, but because public education doesn’t necessarily value higher degrees enough to pay much for you getting one).
In both courses, I am nearly finished with all that is required of me, save a few presentations. For Technology Based Learning, I have completed my Moodle Course. I may have a couple small things to fix, but overall it is done and done! And it’s exciting, because the kiddos who will actually be completing the course just got their Chromebooks on Wednesday, so we’re starting to teach them the ways of Academic Internet Use (including technology skills we take for granted that they’ll know, like getting pictures off Google images, or attaching documents to emails… stuff like that). I can’t wait to implement this in January. Both the students and the instructor will have plenty of time to ease into enough technological fluency (and fix any hiccups that I’m sure will manifest as we progress) to transition to the Moodle course. However, we might be using another LMS; we have a new LMS called ATLAS which is apparently a couple years in the making and will give Blackboard a run for its money… I’m still trying to find out if it’s SCORM compliant or if I’ll just have to transfer the content over to Canvas or something. We’ll figure something out I’m sure!
Overall, it feels great to be so close to done, and so close to reacquiring my sleep and social schedule. I’ve completed this program in about 14 months, which was difficult but doable as a full time employee. Prior to that, I completed a year of grad school toward my Master of Applied Geography at Texas State University… so it has been awhile since I’ve had a totally free schedule. I’m looking forward to it! 🙂 I plan to reacquaint myself with my instruments, learn German, maybe write a book (why not?). And my husband is probably even more excited than I am, hah!
Happy, happy Friday!