I can’t remember my password #elearning #careers #edtech #resilience

Hi,

I set up a new blog a while back, but I can’t remember my password to get logged into said blog, so… we are here at this old friend, today.

Recently I completely biffed the interview for my dream job. Yep, I’ve been after this job for 4 years, but I have this uncanny ability to put immense pressure on myself and I cracked. I didn’t even get through the first question… it’s a long story. They tried to call me back, but I was a little inconsolable.

One of those rare times in life where a do-over would be most welcome, but based on how little time it took for the hiring manager to make a decision the last time I was part of one of her interview committees, I’m sure they’ve decided on someone by now. This morning it sounds like they’ve either hired someone or decided not to hire anyone. Is it bad that I’m [not so] secretly hoping for the latter?

The best I can hope for is to move on from this debacle as gracefully as possible. Fortunately, not getting that job in no way changes who I am – I am still passionate about helping students succeed, working with faculty, and pretty much anything relevant to distance learning.

So, I’ve signed myself up for a webinar (and invited my co-workers to join me), found myself some interesting reading material and put my head down, intent on keeping on keeping on.

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ID Reading Conglomeration

Hi. I was looking for some things to read to better keep up with the world of instructional design. Found one massive list, so posting selections from that list and the comments on that post, as well as others… ha. There’s no rhyme or reason to any of this, yet, but feel free to click through and comment w/other suggestions. I’ll try to come back and organize at some point :).

I may have bit off more than I can chew, so help part it down, I left off [most] blogs who’s most recent entries were a ways back:

  1. Ten Steps to Complex Learning (book)
  2. Complex Learning, Step by Step (blog entry)
  3. Writing Training Materials That Work: How to Train Anyone to Do Anything (book)
  4. First Things Fast (book)
  5. Job Aids and Performance Support (book)
  6. Oh dear… 30 top online resources for instructional designers to keep up with (blog entry)
  7. G’s View of the World (blog)
  8. Big Dog, Little Dog (blog)
  9. bozarthzone (blog)
  10. Cammy Bean’s Learning Visions (blog)
  11. Discovery Through Elearning (blog)
  12. elsua.net – A Knowledge Management Blog: Thinking Outside the Box
  13. Elearning Leadership Blog
  14. E-Learning Curve Blog
  15. ID and Other Reflections (blog)
  16. Information is Beautiful (blog)
  17. E-learning and the Science of Instruction (book)
  18. Michael Allen’s Guide to E-Learning (book)
  19. Design for How People Learn (book)
  20. Gagdets, Games and Gizmos for Learning (book)
  21. The Conditions of Learning and Theory of Instruction (book)
  22. Training Complex Cognitive Skills (book)
  23. The Design of Everyday things (book)
  24. E-Learning by Design (book)
  25. What Every Manager Should Know About Training (book)
  26. The Non-Designer’s Design Book
  27. Blueprints for Complex Learning: the 4C/ID Model (pdf)
  28. …Forget What You Know About Instructional Design and Do Something Interesting (book)
  29. Instructional Design for Elearning (book)
  30. Instructional Desgin, 2nd Ed. (pdf)
  31. Don’t Make Me Think (book)
  32. Lessons in Learning, E-Learning and Training (book)
  33. Designing World-Class E-Learning (book)

That’s all for now. My current professional interest is in this list, somewhere… I haven’t honed it into a particular couple of words, and it’s slightly different but also very similar to the work I hope to be doing, soon, so I don’t want to introduce confusion somewhere, either :D. If you have other suggestions for good books/blogs/recent or not-so-recent articles, please post in the comments. Gracias.

Learning Online, Part 1

There’s a new term of school upon those of us in higher education on a quarter system, so I thought it might be helpful to talk about a few of thing I’ve learned in 5 years of taking online classes (and a few spent supporting students taking online classes).

When I initially started taking online classes, I wasn’t very successful even though I had been through classes where instructors used Blackboard as a resource center.

My biggest problem with online classes has always been time management (& I’ve taken a lot of online classes). So, pace yourself. Don’t wait until the last minute to get things turned in. Use a calendar… and I mean really USE A CALENDAR. Don’t just write the assignment due dates on it and never look at it, again.

Here are some tools I like (there are probably better/ different ones out there, but these have been good org tools/ friends to me).

Paper planners

Apps/ Electronic Calendars

Other Productivity Tools

Good luck!