In such a short period of time, I was able to learn so much about creating and writing an Action Research Plan as well as gain the confidence in writing an article for possible publication. I have not taken a college course in more than 22 years and was immersed in the Masters program at Lamar University throughout the last 8 months. The many resources and thorough classroom modules helped me to gain the knowledge I need to be successful in my innovation project. These two classes were perfectly matched and the assignments complimented each other very well.
Although I was not able to attend the classes online live due to my work schedule, I was able to follow along easily with the recordings and loved that I could replay them when needed. I have acquired an amazing team of students in the program that are just a text away from any questions I may have. I also joined a text thread group with members in various stages of the program. These amazing members were very motivating and had important insight into the assignments. We were able to share ideas, get feedback on assignments, and kept ourselves on track mostly through a text thread. Working with students in various stages of the program actually gave me insight into assignments coming in future courses, and had me reflect on past assignments that others were working on and sometimes went back to those previous assignments and updated them. It was very helpful to be able to collaborate with all of these members working towards one goal, reaching the end of the program and creating a successful ePortfolio. I am looking forward to working with this group in the future courses. Being able to bounce ideas off of peers in the same position as you has been so beneficial to my motivation and process. It allows for constant reflection and the collaboration I’m involved in, drives home the ideas that we are learning in these classes. My core collaboration team includes Stephanie Wells, Shannon Frazier, and Jose Velarde.
5315 was definitely a challenge, with the main assignment being the action research plan. I was a little nervous about the Literature review, but with the guidance of the professor and the templates provided, I was successful.
5317 allowed me to use my innovation plan ideas to create an article for possible publication. I was able to create an article that I believe could be chosen to be published in an educational magazine. I gained the confidence in knowing that this could really be possible. I shared my article with other peers and got feedforward to revise and make the article the best it could be.
My contribution to learning through the classroom modules was pretty consistent. I not only posted my thoughts, but I would also go back and revisit the modules and discussions to read other students’ posts, giving feedback and creating cooperative relationships. I made sure to meet all deadlines. I reflected on my assignments, and made the necessary changes when advised. I completed all modules and revisited them to help me get through assignments.
Overall, these courses were very influential in helping me in bringing together resources that will help me successfully implement my innovation plan. I also appreciate all of the responses to my postings in the collaborative discussion areas.
Looking back at both courses, I believe my score should be an 95 for EDLD 5315 and 95 for EDLD 5317. I did meet all key contributions.