Surveys

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There are three new surveys on my blog.  It would be very much appreciated if, anyone who can, would complete them.

Many thanks.

Angie

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Informative stuff here.

Mind Bursts

Read this web page and consider to what extent the six challenges mentioned are addressed in your context:

Mis-Adventures in Alt Format (Stewart, 2007)
http://www.altformat.org/index.asp?id=119&pid=222&ipname=GB

Pick one challenge and write a paragraph in your tutor group wiki explaining how it is relevant to your context.
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Developing a total picture of how Alt Format fits into the broader discussion of curricular reform and modernization will help insure that we do not continue to live on the margins of the educational mainstream. (Stewart, 2007)

‘Universal Design for Learning’

Challenges in relation to Alternative Formats:

  1. How does the provision of Alt Format fit into other emerging models for data management and delivery?
  2. How do we build systemic capacity to meet the projected needs for Alt Format and Accessible Curricular Materials?
  3. How do we align the divergent Alt Format efforts occurring on an international bases so that they minimize redundancies and duplicative efforts?

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Meeting with my Supervisor

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I attended the 3.00 pm meeting with my supervisor for my dissertation project this afternoon.  Nerves always get the better of me before these meetings.  And fear …  real fear that I cannot do this project in the first place and that I might be out of my depth and doomed to fail.

The meeting went well and has given me a lot to think about and focus upon.  The study itself is still a little wide, it could go down many routes so I need to pull it round so that it is feasible for me to complete it.

I’ve now made a commitment with an action plan in place.  This is good for me because it means I will now get on with it whereas, up until today, I was just prodding and poking at it.  Now the hard work begins in earnest.

But … oh … my head!  I have got the mother of all headaches.

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Angie

Semester One – Week Eight: Thursday, 22nd and Friday, 23rd November 2012

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I wasn’t very well at the beginning of this week.  I was under self care at home after taking advice from NHS Direct.  I just did not want to let my study partner down for an evaluation we were carrying out in this evening’s first lecture.

What happened?

I did attend the HCI lecture to carry out the evaluation of two websites with my study partner.  I wasn’t very well but despite this, the evaluation went ahead anyway.  I had agreed, via e-mail, with my tutors that I would attend for this lecture and then go home early.  And this is exactly what I did after the evaluation lecture, I went home.

Good or Bad

The evaluation went well, we used the entire two hours after having difficulties with the video camera which was provided for us to use.  I did, however, find using the digital voice recorder a little easier.  We evaluated two existing websites for our first assessment report which is to be submitted by the 13th December (a draft is due in on the 29th November).

As for bad, it’s not been easy to focus and concentrate on course work because I have been so unwell with, what I presume is a flu virus.

Feelings

I’m not feeling very well and it is affecting my studies quite badly now.  I feel so sick, I just do not want to do anything and I have admitted in my tutorial that there is a lot of room for improvement.

What would I do differently?

I cannot plan for illness.  Nobody can.  I had my evaluation prepared, it is just the reading, note taking and getting on with my work which is a problem when dealing with the flu at the moment.

It goes without saying that I didn’t attend Friday’s lectures.  I felt tired and sick when I got up on Friday morning.

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Angie

Semester One – Week Six: Thursday 8th and Friday, 9th November 2012

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Reading week over and back to lectures this week.   I ought to know from the experience of the previous two years how fast the academic year flies past but do I ever learn when I am sat at the computer with writers block and just absently staring at the computer screen?  No, I don’t.  Alongside my degree work, I have other “homework” to complete for another area of my life.  At the moment, I am trying to complete a flexible timetable for my “homework” because there are huge gaps in my time where it appears I sit around and do nothing.  And I could be putting this time to so much good use because I’m sure I don’t sit around and do nothing with my time.  I’m just not aware of what I do actually do with it and I need that awareness right now.

What happened?

User centred design in HCI and low fidelity prototyping.  This had to be one of the most bizarre but fun lectures I have ever attended.  We were given paper, pens, post-it notes, paper clips and elastic bands to design an interface providing information for a visitor to a city.  This is low fidelity prototyping because it uses material which are relatively cheap and, if the prototype needs to be started again it is so easy and inexpensive to “rip it up and start again”, I quote from our lecturer.

Network management has been a more self-study focus this week and that we can read through the resources for the lecture at our own leisure.

It was research methods where I realised I’d forgotten to complete a set task from two weeks ago and we needed the “homework” for today’s lecture.  We were focusing on interviews and when they would be used and when they wouldn’t be used.  It’s not interviews as in job interviews, although they are equally important.  The interviews and questions we were focusing on were for research purposes.  I did focus a little on this lecture because I am planning on conducting interviews for my research for my dissertation, so it is essential that I get it right from the outset rather than look incompetent later on in the dissertation process.

Feelings

I was honest that I had not completed the set task for research methods.  There’s no point in trying to cover it up and blag it as I might have done when I was a teenager at school.  I did joke a little bit about it when I said I had the memory of a goldfish.  I know this is a bit of an exaggeration but I had genuinely forgotten about the set work.  As soon as reflection was mentioned in the lecture on Friday morning, I knew I must start keeping my blog again.  It has helped me with the Foundation Degree and I hope it is to help me with my final BSc year.

I haven’t felt as sick this week, so I am hoping that the nauseous feeling and the unsettled feelings have now settled down so I can concentrate on my course work load and start getting on with it.

Good or Bad

It’s obvious there was something I had missed but it’s how I managed to miss it which perplexes me.  I have an inclination that I was distracted at home and this is how I came to forget the work we had been set for the Staff Development Day when we had no lectures.   I can’t find anything to analyse about the course or the work load as yet but then I have spent up to reading week  being so unsettled it has made me feel sick.

What would I do differently?

The reason behind “forgetting to do my homework” was an issue at home.  It had to be sorted out on that Friday after I had made a couple of telephone calls.  Needless to say that I am always going to have obstacles in the way of studying simply because I am a mature student with a family to look after as well as doing my course work.  I will have to ensure when I plan a study day, be it at home or in a Campus library, that this is what I do with the day and not to waste the most valuable of all commodities – time.  Once time is wasted, it cannot be given back and it is much harder to catch up.  It is so much better to be on top of the course work and not the course work on top of me.

Angie

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Friday, 2nd November 2012

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It has been an exceptionally busy reading week; the weeks are flying by so quickly now that I don’t seem to have time for anything.  I attended the extra network management session that we had arranged last week before we finished for reading week.  It was well worth the time I spend travelling to College.  I had also completed the network for the case study we had been given to practice with.

Eventually five of us attended and then we went up to Leeds Met Headingley Campus to meet up with a student friend of mine who had been on the Foundation Degree with me and who I still keep in touch with.  We had an impromptu induction to Leeds Met Library where they have a lot more resources available than our College library.  We’re just waiting for our library cards to come through from Leeds Met and we can borrow resources as and when we need them.  In the meantime, we can go up to Leeds Met Library and work there, we just cannot borrow any resources.

I am really pleased I went in the end and had a study day away from the distractions of my home life which do tend to put obstacles between me and any studying I intend to do.

Angie

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Semester One – Week Five: Thursday, 25th October 2012

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Yes, the title of this post is correct.  We are only timetabled in for the one day this week because Friday has been assigned as a Staff Development Day so students do not have attend in College.  However, as BSc students, we are to contact our tutor and get on with our course work either at home or Leeds Met Library.  (Or in my case any library will do).  Following this evening’s lectures, next week is reading week and this is exactly what I intend to do with the week at home – read.

What happened?

This week’s HCI lecture focused on interaction and focused on humans and computers communicating, models of interaction and we were then given interactivity tasks.  It provided me with further questions I can consider putting in for my experiment to be conducted later next month.  While in networking, I became so interested in the subject that I wanted to continue working on it when I arrived home.  The problem being that I don’t arrive home until 10.00 pm on a Thursday and it’s a little bit late to start working on my subject work.

Feelings

I still feel a little unsettled and sick.  I expected to have settled down into the third year a lot quicker than this.  I do feel a little overwhelmed by the work load and I am trying to get these feelings under control to enjoy and work hard on this year of my degree.

Good or Bad

I do consider that the nauseous feelings and when I feel a little out of my depth are blocks on making any progress.  However, I do thoroughly enjoy the course and the work involved thus far.

What would I do differently?

At the moment there is nothing I would do differently.  I just want it to remain this way.

While we are not attending tomorrow – a few of us have arranged an extra session on network for a week on Friday with our tutor in College during reading week.  I also have plenty of work to be getting on with even when I am not in College.

Angie

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