Wow! I now have a blog and can begin considering blogs and other Web 2.0 tools.
As an adult educator, I have an interest in engaging students in order to facilitate their learning and development. As a student myself, I have found the perfect course for combining professional and personal development in order to improve my facilitation of student learning and will also be able to learn and develop my own skills as an adult learner who is working towards my master’s degree requirements. Ideal!
The summer offering of EDES 501, Exploration of Web 2.0 for teaching and learning, through the University of Alberta, Faculty of Education this summer is occurring at a perfect time in my degree program and for my career. My colleagues and I have been discussing the various web technologies in use and how we might go about considering these technologies for our program. Two recent conferences on career education and cooperative education both had sessions on various web 2.0 applications that have become the buzz around the water cooler in our office. Through this course, and this blog, I hope to explore how other post-secondary cooperative education programs and career centres are utilizing web 2.0, in order to consider potential uses for our program.
This distance learning course is my first online course and my final class for my MEd in Educational Policy Studies. I have an Adult Education specialization which is well suited to my employment as a Coordinator for Cooperative Education with the U of A School of Business, where I work full-time out of the Business Career Services office. In Cooperative Education Programs students alternate periods of academic study with periods of work experience which are appropriate to their field of study.
I am also wrapping up my program with my capping this summer and am focusing my final capping paper on the experiential learning in cooperative education and the practice of reflection for making meaning for students while they are completing their work experience portion of their degrees. Although I will be working full-time over the summer I will have a chance to go away in a few weeks for five or six days and will have the pleasure of not missing class while away because I can logon from the hotel and on the road – amazing! This is sure to be a very busy and very rewarding summer! I look forward to learning with and from my classmates and from colleagues in post-secondary programs around the globe. ~:)