This week of class was slightly more stressful than the prior weeks. This is because of the newsletter project. It is more time consuming to create a newsletter than I thought it would be. I am glad that I had this experience because I have seen librarians use newsletters in their profession. When I have a career, I will know how to create one, and be prepared for the amount of time and effort it takes.
The readings were interesting this week. I was unaware of the law in terms of website accessibility. I found out that certain measures must be taken (having long descriptions of pictures, diagrams, charts) are needed for those with vision problems. I did not realize the responsibility I will have to make sure all students can access the technology in the SLMC. It is helpful to know the resources available, especially the free resources that Janet Hopkins wrote about in one of her articles.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
This week I settled into the flow of this course. After listening to the podcast on Sunday, I set up a daily schedule. I split up the work and assigned it to different days of the week. If I keep up this method, I should manage the semester quite well. I can honestly say that I have never felt so connected to the class in an internet course before!
Friday, January 15, 2010
I have taken online courses in the past, but they did not involve podcasts! Sometimes, the spoken word can better explain concepts as opposed to the written word. Since my leeriness of online courses stems from communication issues, I am confident that the podcasts will ease that anxiety. It seems that online courses have evolved an inconceivable amount since I enrolled in one about five years ago during my undergrad time at MCC. There were no student pictures, private inboxes, detailed profiles, etc. I am also excited about this course's content. It is very practical, and it will make me more marketable. After listening to the podcast and subscribing to all the accounts (I hope I did not miss any), I felt more confident and excited about this class!