Sunday, August 15, 2004

Our team will overcome weaknesses by communicating on a regular basis and always keeping aware of our own strengths and weaknesses. It is omportant to know what you can do to help others and be aware of your role at all times.

just testing


just testing if this works


e-learning project design

Monday, August 09, 2004

I am looking forward to this semester. I learned a lot from the team role exerscise. I found that I best suited the role of a co-ordinator. I dientified with this role because I like to be organised and know what is going on within the group. I like leading, deligating and coordinating activities so that I feel they will be done - or at least that everyone is on the right track. I did note that a co-ordinators weaknesses can be concerntrating on the task at hand - rather than the people. I hope I will not do this - but, I think that our team will work well and we are all very communicative people - so I hope people will speak up if they are unhappy.

Our group was lucky because we had a large range of roles, we did have two team members - however - this is an advantage as these two girls are happy to work together and 'jump in at any time' to help facilitate the teams goals.

Why the team profiles process? I think this is a good way to get to know / analyse how you work within a team. Although we have all nominated positions in which we think we are best suited to - I think that we will either learn more about these positions as the semester unravels - or - we may even suprise ourselves and find that in fact - we are better suited to a different role. I think the profiles remind us of our duties / strengths and weaknesses - and will help us develop better management and team membership skills.

How will the team overcome its areas of weakness? We are lucky because we have a broad range of strengths within our team. I think we will overcome our weaknesses by identifying them, re-deligating tasks and keeping close communication throughout the project.

Monday, June 02, 2003

On nearing completion of my e-learning assignment. i wish I had paid more attention to my feelings and thoughts throughout the learning journey. I am a bit annoyed at myself becaue i did not write a learning journal. i should know by now hoe helpful they are!

I understand that blogs act as learning journals and that they can be extremely helpful in this way, however, using a blog was not always convienient or a viable option.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

What have I learned?

I have learned sooo much already! I have learned priciples and techniques that I never knew before. I have learned these properly now and I can implement them where ever I go, not just online. The course seems to be up to date and interactive. i would recommend this course to people who love art and want to pace their learning in increments. it is easy to understand. love it.

Content wise, I have learned plently of fresh information , which is backed up by graphic diagrams...

I don't know what i would recommend yet. I want to wait till I finish the course till I can rate or compare methods and give my recommendations.... I might look at other couses too,

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1.What were my expectations?
At the commencement of this project I sat and explored some e- learning courses. What did I want to learn? What looked exciting? what did I personally want to develop and can I find that course on the net?.. these were the questions going through my head at the begining of the course. I though of doing a typing course and i still would like to do one in my personal time. However, I also wanted to learn some things on designing on the computer. After searching for a course that would combine personal satisfaction and also develop my skills in a particular area... I stumbled across a course in Free ed . net. This was a great data base filled with all kinds of courses, But I still was fixed on the idea that I wanted to really enjoy my course and not get stressed out by tequnichalitites.... So I decided on doing a course on how to draw portraits. Art and design have always been interests of mine and I was very excited about my decision.
The course was also a good lenth, for two reasons it comprised f 11 lessons, all with different information presented in a cronaligical order. It looked exciting, full of content and on brief examination it presented interesting diragrams and exercises. So I was keen and ready to sit down and draw.

2. What are my expectations now?

My expectations now, halfway throught the course are to keep exploring the information presented and learn as much as possible. This particular e- learning course is not particularly interactive, compared to say , a typing course. I have been enjoying it imensely though and do not want the lessons to end. My aim is to improve my skills in drawing, and further gather an understanding of the principles and techniques behind drawing and painting portraits....

3. What did I learn... Content, e-learning?

Friday, April 25, 2003

Things have seemed to slowed down a a bit for me lately when in reference to keeping up with my log. But the the holidays are coming to a holt and it will be all on for young and old soon. I am however, getting to the stage ( just like I do with e-mailing) that I am addicted to checking the discussion boards on uts online and updating my blog every time I have access to a computer.

Over the holidays I have been very busy because I have been away and done a lot of driving!!! I guess that is one disadvantage to e-learning because unless you have a lap top and internet etc, it is pretty difficult to take your studies with you!!! But I suppose that is also a benefit, after all thats what holidays are for.. right?

I am presently working on a massive assignment which involves designing and implimenting a training program. My training program is on occupational Health and safety in the workplace. This means, I have been using internet sources to maintain my information including journals. It also means I have learned Just how much training is out there via e based equipment....

This leads me to the next topic... what is out there at the moment and what are different organisations using and preferring..... better find out now!!

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

I didn't realise how many case studies there were to be found so easily... especially on the site
To keep up with what is actually going on in the world of e-learning especially in training I think it will take a lot of extra reading in and outside of uni to keep up with them all...

Sunday, April 06, 2003

last class we were shown how tutors can access different pieces of information about us from uts online. Well, I found this extremely interesting especially because I had no idea this kind of inromation technology was so readily available especially at Uts.

To continue the discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of e-learning from a few weeks ago I will comment on this what I think about accessing information such as " looking up how many times each student has logged on to the internet". This is indeed an advantage for a teacher to give a general overview of the obedience and learner readiness of the student. It is not however, vital in dictating whether or not this particular student is a good student. I recognise the importance of this kind of knowledge espcially when it come to distance learning, " a teacher needs to know that they are in a supportive communication link with their pupil" A negative side to this is the validation that it has. This means, the measure of how purposeful the visit to uts online was. Did that student just drop bye and not access or utilize the resourses? or did that student really learn in that hour of online time?
This type of measuring is indeed interesting especially when corrolated with 30 other students, but does it measure the motivation or knowledge of the student.... I don't think so!