The Stuff that Dreams are Made of.
I seem to always struggle to find the right words to say that accurately summarize my thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a short and sweet kind of way.
Because this is the last post I am writing for EC&I 834, I will try to condense my ramblings a little bit more than I had throughout the course. Or try to anyway.
The Anticipation of the Unknown Adventure
I’ll never forget sitting at my kitchen table, anticipating the beginning of my first online master’s class, especially after being away from being a student for some time now. To say I felt old and dusty is really an understatement. And boy let me tell you, that feeling of content being way over my head hit me in the very opening ten minutes like I imagine how Muhammad Ali’s opponents may have felt in the ring. I was out of my league for sure, heck, I was probably playing a whole other sport completely.
Impostership syndrome was real and pulling at every inch of my body. I was nervous to share that I had a previous master’s degree, as I didn’t want my peers to think I was something that I am not. I didn’t want to be that person that people thought was judging them, or that people wanted to partner with because they thought I knew what I was doing. It’s been a while since I have taken courses, and I sure felt it. Historical feelings of inadequacy were evident, and pressing for what felt like forever.
However, something that became clear quite quickly was the community of people that were present around me, and that scooped me up, and adopted me into their already tight knit community. I felt welcomed early on, and inspired to be better, to learn more, and to reach outside of my comfort zone and try new things. One of the greatest take-aways from this course, was how I felt like I belonged, and how inspiring it was to feel appreciated, and valued for who I am, and what I bring to the table. I would have to argue that this is something that is rarely established in courses where participants meet only once a week, online and over an extended period of time. The community was built quickly, where people felt safe and willing to put themselves in the hot seat to get feedback, and to share their knowledge with others. Hmm… maybe this would be a good course to study in hopes that the findings would be transferred to more courses? Anyways, just a thought for any thesis and research writers out there.
Not a Homerun, Not a Strikeout, but Maybe a Walk
Perhaps another thing that has stuck out in my brain, is how several people commented on my style of writing. I have to say, ever since I was a kid, I was always told how inadequate my creative writing skills were, to the point that it’s one of the first faults that I share with my students. I mean, writing an essay is easy for me (granted it’s written in the third person), but writing a story is like running an ultramarathon, not even an inch as well as David Goggin’s first one either. However, those comments that took probably less than a couple of minutes to write and maybe in hopes of being kind, have given me a start in the right direction towards confidence in my blogging skills. I’m no mega influencer or even a nano influencer for that matter, but I feel like my boots are on and tied. A win in my book, that’s for sure.
Summary of Learning: Recapped
So, I bet you’re thinking… “come on Ziegler, let’s get to the point already”. I get it… the rambling has started, and the readers are cueing wrap-up signals left and right, and probably every direction for that matter. All in all, this course has taught me more than concepts of online and blended learning and educational technology and teaching tools, but it inspired me to be better, to continue to learn and grow, reach out for help, and to be my authentic self.
To be 1000% honest though, my Summary of Learning isn’t something to call home about. I had bigger, and better ideas for it, but fell short on the skill set to follow through. So, before you watch my video, please keep in mind that this is only the SECOND VIDEO I HAVE EVER PIECED TOGETHER, NARRATED, and EDITED… yes… shocking right? Maybe go easy on me, give me some grace, because to be honest, I am falling short in that category towards my final artifact myself.
Before You Go, Won’t You Stay a While Longer?
This isn’t a goodbye, rather a see you later and let’s stay connected. I have felt empowered, reenergized, and am not quite ready for this show’s curtain to lower for the final time.
1. What was your favourite part of the course?
2. When did you feel like you were outside of your comfort zone, and learning the most?
3. What was one thing that you want to take away from the course?
4. If you could have done one thing differently in the course, what would it be? Why?
5. What are some of your final reflections?