Monday, February 23, 2015

Malcolm Knowles Attributes of Learning - Self Concept

Here is our screencast for Self Concept Attribute #2.

We used Camtasia Studio 8 to create our screencast.

Also here is our powerpoint that we created for the screencast.

And the Oscar goes to... Social Media

Alright, alright, alright everyone knows that the Academy Awards were last night, and I too am not a huge fan but last night had some huge moments.

The awards show last night was still filled with your typical night of stars, music, art and picture show awards, but a lot of the award winners chose to use their time to talk about some very serious topics.

Now today this is everything that is being talked about on social media. I think it is very commendable for these winning stars to use their fame for the good of others on social media and in the public whether or not you agree.

  • Patricia Arquette speaks of equal rights and pay for women!

  • Common and John Legend speak of black rights and racism in the USA

  • Graham Moore reveals suicide attempt in acceptance speech.

  • Eddie Remayne speaks out about ALS in a heart filled speech. 

  • Alejandro Gonzalez  speaks about immigration and equality in the United States. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Stockton University - OMG!!!!

I am so proud to be a MAIT Graduate Student right now at Stockton with so many exciting changes. Just this afternoon I received the announcement and invitation to Stockton's Celebration of name change and status to 

Stockton University! 

I also go to register for my first class at the new Atlantic Island Campus that should hopefully open for the Summer 3 sub-term (July 1st, 2015). 

Here are some amazing FAQs about the Island Campus that got me even more excited in Stockton's advancement.

Stockton's Island Campus

As if two new amazing advancements for Stockton students wasn't enough, I am most excited about the new "Training and Development Certificate" that is beginning to be offered  for the Summer 2015 term for graduate credit or non-credit.

The Stockton Professional Performance Improvement Training and Development Certificate prepares professionals to enhance their skills and knowledge and to develop effective in-house training and other programs to increase workplace performance. This one-year, accelerated program provides a foundation for the necessary skills for transferring learning to practical, on-the-job application; for developing and evaluating authentic learning experiences aligned with enterprise business objectives; and for engaging participants during learning experiences.

The Professional Performance Improvement -Training and Development Certificate is offering six courses in this one-year accelerated program:
Human Performance Improvement and Tools  (Summer Session 1- 2015)
Project Management  (Summer Session 3- 2015)
Technology and Learning  (Fall 2015 Sub term A)
Adult Learning  (Fall 2015 Sub term B)
Special Topics in Training & Development  (Winter 2015-16)
Grant Writing (Spring 2016)

The Professional Performance Improvement -Training and Development Certificate in combination with the Masters of Arts in Instructional Technologies Degree now being offered by Stockton University at the new state of the art Island Campus is a killer combination that is perfect for me in every way. I could not be more excited!

Training and Development Certificate

I am signed up... are you????

Happy Friday the Thirteenth

A lot of funny things and superstitions are associated with Friday the 13th. In my family its nothing but good superstitions as my crazy Brady Bunch of family was created on Friday, February 13th 1987, exactly 28 years ago when my mom and step dad met and fell in love.  From then on many great things have happened to my family on Friday the 13th, and I even have an all black cat named Moses that I adore, so I guess I am not much for bad superstitions. 

Friday has been considered an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects at least since the 14th century. Friday the 13th, also known as Black Friday, is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. It occurs when the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday.

There were 13 people at the table (at the Last Supper) and the 13th was Jesus. The Last Supper was on a Thursday, and the next day was Friday, the day of crucifixion. When '13' and Friday come together, it is a double whammy.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Some decisions are hard!

This week has been very difficult between doctors appointments, radiology appointments, orthopedic appointments, school, work and home life I feel like I am not going to make it. 

After getting my results of my MRI from my orthopedic surgeon, I am out on disability for a month at least. I tore my MCL in two spots, have a damaged medial meniscus (cartilage between the knee), a sprained ACL (thank goodness its not torn) and a Baker Cyst behind my ACL. The baker cyst is a common reaction to trauma to the knee, the fluid build up has no where to go and a cyst is formed. The problem is if it doesn't go down or get treated you can get a blockage from it, which is not good and painful.

I am going to try to continue my schooling as much as possible but I am finding it a bit overwhelming. I have 3 graduate courses, one is all online, and two are asynchronous/hybrid courses.

The online part is no problem as I am living on my couch with leg raised above my heart, on pain meds and an ice/chryo machine. Fortunately, I just purchased a brand new powerhouse MacBook Pro so that is living on my lap. However my two other courses I have to commute to school (not allowed or supposed to be driving) and sit there in a desk for hours (also not allowed to do).  Therefore I am going to have to drop one of my courses. Unfortunately this is not my style and don't want this to mess up my planned graduation and course schedule.

Luckily I have great professors who have been working with me to make the best decisions and get through this as painlessly as possible without messing up my course schedule to graduate in May 2016. Unfortunately I am going to have to withdrawal from my Special Topics in Gaming course and pick up an extra one in the summer semester.

Thank your everyone's help in this, the love of my life Jim, my family and sisters, his family, our friends and my professors, my advisor, and my co-workers. Thanks for your support and help!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

I am TOO old for the Terrain Park!

I took the weekend off to go skiing with my man for the 4th time this season. We were having such a great day everything was going perfect, until the LAST RUN!

We decided to go through the terrain park one more time, I hit the biggest jump and throught I could fly. Well I guess I can't... fly that is, because I landed in the ER with a torn MCL.

Sadly I didn't know how bad of an injury this is, I looked at the doctor and said "well at least it is not broke",  her face was priceless when I found out that broken was actually what I was hoping for.

I have broken many bones in my life time and now knowing what is in store for me with this type of injury I am very nervous. I took a lot on this semester, and am hoping for this not to slow me down.

In the skiing world my injury is directly related to a "YARD SALE" if you don't know what a yard sale is, well its when everything you own flies off of you as a result of falling and is now laid out all over the mountain.

If you don't know much about the knee anatomy here is a great image of it.  I tore my Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) and will find out after MRI if I also did damage to my ACL.

Most knee injuries are common to be found with multiple ligament injuries but can not be discovered until you have an orthopedic surgeon do some tests and analyze your MRI. Worst case scenario is both are torn and it might be as long as 6 months of recovery with surgery. Best case is my MCL is not completely torn and I have about 6-8 weeks of recovery without surgery.

The problem is I heard the POP of death, which normally is the feared sound of your ACL actually separating from the Femur bone, resulting in a loud POP / ripping sound. UGH... so I am not not hopeful but praying for good news.

Here is a great article on ligament injuries. Please send good thoughts my way or post something funny to make me SMILE :)