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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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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 Three: Thursday 11th and Friday, 12th October 2012

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Back down to earth following last weekend’s Graduation Ceremony and now the serious business of getting on with my BSc year begins in earnest.  I want to do well this year and I can only do well if I put the time and work into it to get what I want out of it.  Of course, being woken up at 4.55 am by an almighty cat fight isn’t a good thing when I am in lectures until 9.00 pm.

What happened?

Up to this point in time, the evening classes aren’t too bad.  And that’s something I never said when I was in my previous employment where I worked evenings and I hated working evenings and weekends.  This is different, in as much as I’m being challenged and I am using the old grey matter whereas in my job I wasn’t using the grey matter and I was easily getting bored.

I left my project book at home with the starts of a 750-word practice literature review in it on Friday.  Clever! (I write with not a small hint of sarcasm going on there).

Feelings

I am still settling into the third year and the new timetabled hours.  A little bit of spontaneity on Friday afternoon where a few of us met at the pub nearby campus after our lectures.  We got to know each other a little better that way and with a couple of new members of the group, it was a great opportunity to settle them in as well.

Good or Bad

I still find it is too early to analyse how the course is going.  At some point, I will analyse it but I’m not ready yet.

What would I do differently?

I have to ensure that I have the relevant notebook with me for the day’s lectures, especially when I know it’s got work in it that I have started.  I seem to have returned to the good old fashioned method of pen and paper for the time being before committing anything to the computer.  Still, if it works for me, then I don’t have to change anything just yet.

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Angie

 

Semester One – Week Two: Thursday 4th and Friday, 5th October 2012

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The past week has flown by so fast and it’s our Foundation Degree Graduation Ceremony on Saturday.  And I’ve come down with a cold so quickly into the first semester.

What happened?

During the HCI lecture, our lecturer uses the time to discuss our dissertation projects.  I had a creative dissertation in mind but it was not as well received as I thought it would be.  To be fair, it was pointed out to me when I was asked – what did I want to do with my degree?  It was suggested that if I were going into a media-related profession then it would have been a good dissertation to carry out, however, I’m not going into a media-related profession when I’ve completed my degree.

In network management, it was more of getting my head around binary,  subnet masks and hosting addresses.  This is going to require a lot of reading because I am a complete novice in networking.  That aside, it does mean I have to put down the current autobiography I am completely engrossed in.

Feelings

It was a huge relief for me to get home by 10.00 pm on Thursday.  To be honest, I am not an evening person and I do make the exception for going to live concerts and the theatre – but that’s the limits of my socialising these days.  I am still trying to settle down to the third year and get myself on track with my dissertation project.  It is not a project to be taken lightly and I now have to go back to my original career path which was teaching in the lifelong learning sector.

A small part of me does not want my creative aspect quashed.  I’ll just have to put any creative projects on the back burner for a little while, unless, by some miracle, I can manage to fit time in for hobbies and interests and then my creative side can be satisfied.

Good or Bad

I still feel it is too early to analyse the third year.  I have to admit it is harder doing a degree when you’re a mature student simply because there are so many other aspects of life which can and do get in the way.

What would I do differently?

Always, always, stick with my original plans for my future career and don’t be swayed or distracted to go off track – it saves time when it comes to making decisions about dissertation projects rather than being so unsure what to do.

Foundation Degree Graduation Ceremony tomorrow.

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Angie

 

 

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