First of all, I had a six pm class on Tuesday so I was not able to attend the live talk with our guess speakers. However, the technology allowed me to be a part of that conversation because it was recorded and I was able to know what was said, which was great. This was actually my second event where I was a part of such an event, the other being our first TalkShoe talk. I did not really know what to expect but I was excited to find out but I was left with a sour note at the end.
It was good to find out about the study abroad program. Throughout my Undergrad and my Graduate course, I was had this feeling of wanting to go somewhere like Spain, Chile, Mexico, etc. Some where I knew the language because I knew that I would have a much easier time adjusting and comprehending the material. It was surprising and good news to hear that Mexico is cheaper than other places and that is definitely something that I want to look into because I want to go into rural areas in Mexico and teach the community there English. Things in life have prevented me from exploring that but this has started my wheels moving towards that direction again.
It was good to hear from our guess speaker Dr. Jim in regards to online courses. It is good to put a face on someone that has been such a huge supporter in this type of learning environment. I was surprised that there is not a lot of enrollment for online course because I would assume that teachers would want to further their education and take course either face-to-face or online. It is bad to assume but I know that I took the opportunity for online classes for many reasons and one being wanting to further my education.
Through the online discussion with our guess speaker, there was a mention of testing out of course work. That is something that I would not want to do because I get more out of a class than I have when I have tested out of other classes. In my opinion, I do not want to take the “easy” way out but rather do face-to-face classes or online classes to get into the course at hand. However, I would understand testing out for some course in things like accounting but under the general education course load not for any major either through the undergraduate or graduate course work.
The following question was also brought up: What does an online course at cal state look like? I have been using blackboard since 2005 when I first started my undergraduate work at Cal Poly Pomona. An online class usually has quizzes, modules, assignments, discussion board, group work, and many other features. However, this course has actually been a little different. All the classes that I have had prior to this class have always had everything on the blackboard site. This is the first class where clicking the content option opens up a different window and then selecting a particular week gives you the assignments. I have to be honest, it took me a while to figure that out simply because professors have always had everything on there and there was no need to make any other moves.
Finally, what left me with a sour note was towards the end when the topic of younger cal state students not being as ready to do online courses. I am twenty-six years of age, I do not considered myself in the young category or older category, just in the middle and I found myself becoming upset over that comment. Specifically what triggered me was the shorter attention span because an assumption was made that because they are young, they write/type as though they are texting. Twitter was brought up, I am proud to say I do not have a Twitter account or any other thing that is going around. And yet I have a short attention span, but not because I am “young” but because of the medical situations that I have been going through which have made my ADD even worse, by the way. Having ADD is not something that anyone can easily conquer however, I put a lot of time and effort into this online classes. I believe that I can do it and if I happen to write something short and in “texting mode” one day, it may be because I have other issues that are affecting my attention. But I make sure if it is something academic, that I read it up to three times before getting the send button.
Excuse me, but I may still be a bit bias. I loved the speakers and found the discussion very interesting and educational. Do not take offense with my comments.