Self Assessment

How well do you feel you met these expectations this semester?

In the beginning of the course I felt a little overwhelmed since I have never really used some of the online platforms utilized in the course. As I knew this would possibly be a challenge, I wanted to continue to learn and gain all that I could from this course. As time went on throughout the semester, I believe that I developed a better understanding on utilizing the various online platforms required for this course.  As far as the course content, I really enjoy it…. It’s great to learn more about the “connected learning experience while having the ability to integrate what I’ve learned from the course in my everyday practices.

Where do you think you could have improved?

This has been a rough semester for me, thankfully I was still able to push through it. Although I have read all of the course materials, I could have definitely improved with participating with some of the prompts. I believe the prompts were very engaging, so if there was anything that I could change it would be participating in all of the prompts.

How do your successes and reflections on improvement inform your connected learning moving forward?

I believe what I have gained from this course will allow me to improve my everyday practices. This journey this semester has been a great learning experience. My understanding of connected learning has emerged into something that I will continue to use in the workplace and especially in my research for my dissertation.  One of my biggest takeaways this semester was to be able to take the course content and apply into a program that I hope to establish in the future. I have always known the path that I wanted to pursue for my degree but this course has allowed me to look at my path differently while challenging me to shift my perspective.

What else do you want me to consider when assessing your performance and participation over the past semester?

I would like for you to consider my growth, contributions, and my determination. The more I continue to aspire to be an educator, courses as this instills the knowledge that is needed for me to be an asset in the communities where I would like to have the most influence in. I believe that I autograph my work with quality and am excited that I was able to share my experiences with the class.  As I mentioned above, I have learned so much from this course and cannot wait to put all my goals in action.

#ed677

Self Assessment

How well do you feel you met these expectations this semester?

In the beginning of the course I felt a little overwhelmed since I have never really used some of the online platforms utilized in the course. As I knew this would possibly be a challenge, I wanted to continue to learn and gain all that I could from this course. As time went on throughout the semester, I believe that I developed a better understanding on utilizing the various online platforms required for this course.  As far as the course content, I really enjoy it…. It’s great to learn more about the “connected learning experience while having the ability to integrate what I’ve learned from the course in my everyday practices.

Where do you think you could have improved?

This has been a rough semester for me, thankfully I was still able to push through it. Although I have read all of the course materials, I could have definitely improved with participating with some of the prompts. I believe the prompts were very engaging, so if there was anything that I could change it would be participating in all of the prompts.

How do your successes and reflections on improvement inform your connected learning moving forward?

I believe what I have gained from this course will allow me to improve my everyday practices. This journey this semester has been a great learning experience. My understanding of connected learning has emerged into something that I will continue to use in the workplace and especially in my research for my dissertation.  One of my biggest takeaways this semester was to be able to take the course content and apply into a program that I hope to establish in the future. I have always known the path that I wanted to pursue for my degree but this course has allowed me to look at my path differently while challenging me to shift my perspective.

What else do you want me to consider when assessing your performance and participation over the past semester?

I would like for you to consider my growth, contributions, and my determination. The more I continue to aspire to be an educator, courses as this instills the knowledge that is needed for me to be an asset in the communities where I would like to have the most influence in. I believe that I autograph my work with quality and am excited that I was able to share my experiences with the class.  As I mentioned above, I have learned so much from this course and cannot wait to put all my goals in action.

#ed677

Final Make

Technology use is particularly important in the STEM field as it could have implications for workforce development. Because of this, maintaining a citizenry that is well versed in the STEM fields is therefore a key element of the United States’ public-education agenda.

For my “Make” I have created a STEM action plan to address challenges and harness opportunities associated with the transformation of the STEM higher education landscape brought forth by digital learning technologies. Connected Learning is a model of learning that embraces the possibility of re-imagining the experience of education in the information age. It draws on the power of today’s technology to fuse interests, friendships, and academic achievement through experiences that incorporates hands-on production, shared purpose, and collaboration.

Based on the vision and objectives from my action plan, I have also developed a summer pathway program. Using two of the connected learning principles; shared learning and interest-powered, this program will create a pipeline to recruit, retain, and graduate STEM degree seekers utilizing various online platforms. This Initiative operates in an agile, start-up mode to foster and support strategic digital learning activities for STEM students.

You can view my “Make” using the links below:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2OS5cvxf03PZ05heDB1M1NJVWc/view?usp=sharing

http://prezi.com/uxohodiyeygf/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Final Make

Technology use is particularly important in the STEM field as it could have implications for workforce development. Because of this, maintaining a citizenry that is well versed in the STEM fields is therefore a key element of the United States’ public-education agenda.

For my “Make” I have created a STEM action plan to address challenges and harness opportunities associated with the transformation of the STEM higher education landscape brought forth by digital learning technologies. Connected Learning is a model of learning that embraces the possibility of re-imagining the experience of education in the information age. It draws on the power of today’s technology to fuse interests, friendships, and academic achievement through experiences that incorporates hands-on production, shared purpose, and collaboration.

Based on the vision and objectives from my action plan, I have also developed a summer pathway program. Using two of the connected learning principles; shared learning and interest-powered, this program will create a pipeline to recruit, retain, and graduate STEM degree seekers utilizing various online platforms. This Initiative operates in an agile, start-up mode to foster and support strategic digital learning activities for STEM students.

You can view my “Make” using the links below:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2OS5cvxf03PZ05heDB1M1NJVWc/view?usp=sharing

http://prezi.com/uxohodiyeygf/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Peer Learning  – f5f


1.       This article focuses on peer collaboration in the world of STEM. I thought this was interesting because as indicated in the article, peer learning is one way help participation in the STEM field.

2.       Check this out…. What a great way to recruit students in STEM!!

3.       I also thought this article was very interesting because it discusses the influence peer learning could have on student success and retention in STEM programs.

4.       This is a really great resource if we want to truly integrate connected learning in the STEM education pipeline.

5.       I really liked this presentation as it discussed the pros and cons of peer learning.

Peer Learning  – f5f


1.       This article focuses on peer collaboration in the world of STEM. I thought this was interesting because as indicated in the article, peer learning is one way help participation in the STEM field.

2.       Check this out…. What a great way to recruit students in STEM!!

3.       I also thought this article was very interesting because it discusses the influence peer learning could have on student success and retention in STEM programs.

4.       This is a really great resource if we want to truly integrate connected learning in the STEM education pipeline.

5.       I really liked this presentation as it discussed the pros and cons of peer learning.

Peer Learning

I believe that students learn a great deal by sharing their ideas to others and by participating in activities in which they can learn from their peers. They develop skills, learning activities, working collaboratively with others, giving and receiving feedback and evaluating their own learning. Peer learning is becoming an increasingly important part of many courses, and it is being used in a variety of contexts and disciplines in many countries.  Peer learning allow students considerably more practice than traditional teaching and learning methods in taking responsibility for their own learning and, more generally, learning how to learn.

In this class, I really enjoyed the peer learning that we all contributed throughout the semester. Whether it was through responding to others blogs or utilizing twitter to establish connections with other communities. I have learned so much this semester just by reading others blogs and feedback. I also believe that utilizing peer learning was great because I am a visual learner and a lot of the activities that was provided throughout the semester really helped me grasp the information needed in order for me to truly understand the concept of the course.

Working in higher education, I have also realized the importance of peer learning as students and colleagues learn from and with each other in both formal and informal ways.

Peer Learning

I believe that students learn a great deal by sharing their ideas to others and by participating in activities in which they can learn from their peers. They develop skills, learning activities, working collaboratively with others, giving and receiving feedback and evaluating their own learning. Peer learning is becoming an increasingly important part of many courses, and it is being used in a variety of contexts and disciplines in many countries.  Peer learning allow students considerably more practice than traditional teaching and learning methods in taking responsibility for their own learning and, more generally, learning how to learn.

In this class, I really enjoyed the peer learning that we all contributed throughout the semester. Whether it was through responding to others blogs or utilizing twitter to establish connections with other communities. I have learned so much this semester just by reading others blogs and feedback. I also believe that utilizing peer learning was great because I am a visual learner and a lot of the activities that was provided throughout the semester really helped me grasp the information needed in order for me to truly understand the concept of the course.

Working in higher education, I have also realized the importance of peer learning as students and colleagues learn from and with each other in both formal and informal ways.

Unpacking Interest #f5f


1.      There is a lack of gender and ethnic diversity of students entering STEM educational programs and career. Utilizing creativity and innovation to address these challenges is critical to meeting this demand of skilled workers. This blog was very informative as is relates to the decline in STEM interest among teens.

2.      Not enough young people are being educating or inspired about interest in STEM. “The education in American junior high schools, in particular, seems to be a black hole that is sapping the interest of young people, particularly young women, when it comes to the sciences” This article focuses on the ways educators can become more involved in student centered learning.

3.       “Nearly 28% of high school freshmen declare interest in a STEM-related field - around 1,000,000 students each year. Of these students, over 57% will lose interest in STEM by the time they graduate from high school” (discoveryeducation.com). Wow!!! As our class focuses on unpacking student interest this week, I thought this report was very informative as it provides great insight on inequities and gender/race gaps in STEM.

4.       From public to private partnerships, creating an education pipeline to attract students is very important if we want to increase STEM degree attainment and career seekers. If you want to know more about this pipeline, take a look at this article.

5.       Starting at an early age… exposing children to STEM early can have a huge impact on their interest to pursue. STEM.

Unpacking Interest #f5f


1.      There is a lack of gender and ethnic diversity of students entering STEM educational programs and career. Utilizing creativity and innovation to address these challenges is critical to meeting this demand of skilled workers. This blog was very informative as is relates to the decline in STEM interest among teens.

2.      Not enough young people are being educating or inspired about interest in STEM. “The education in American junior high schools, in particular, seems to be a black hole that is sapping the interest of young people, particularly young women, when it comes to the sciences” This article focuses on the ways educators can become more involved in student centered learning.

3.       “Nearly 28% of high school freshmen declare interest in a STEM-related field - around 1,000,000 students each year. Of these students, over 57% will lose interest in STEM by the time they graduate from high school” (discoveryeducation.com). Wow!!! As our class focuses on unpacking student interest this week, I thought this report was very informative as it provides great insight on inequities and gender/race gaps in STEM.

4.       From public to private partnerships, creating an education pipeline to attract students is very important if we want to increase STEM degree attainment and career seekers. If you want to know more about this pipeline, take a look at this article.

5.       Starting at an early age… exposing children to STEM early can have a huge impact on their interest to pursue. STEM.