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Veering off Course

I’m so conflicted! I’m on the proverbial road to finding out what I’m supposed to do with my work life, and there have been a few bumps along the way, but I’ve stayed the course. Now I feel like I’m starting to veer off the road, and onto the shoulder. I need to pull over and do some thinking. You see, I just passed an exit that might take me to the place I really want to be.  That place is the land of content curation.

I’ve been getting  into the curation thing for the better part of a year now, and I’ve got to say, it ‘s really “my thing.”  I thought social media was going to be “my thing,”  but I think it’s the curation component of social media that jazzes me. So what does that mean for this blog that was supposed to be about eLearning, and Instructional Design? Surely the topics can intersect.

This blog could turn into an unfocused, hodgy-podgy mess!

Maybe  this learning experience is just that. Me learning about the things that interest me, and then writing about them.

So far, I don’t think anyone is reading this blog, so I’ve got nothing to worry about. Even if someone were reading, I wouldn’t have anything to worry about. It’s just another blog after all.

So it’s decided. This blog is about my interest in a diverse array of digital content types, and that frees up the other blog to be about personal stuff, and my writing.

Sound good? It sounds good to me!

What is this blog for anyway? Part II

In part one I talked about my current career/job situation, and what it’s like trying to move into a new career when you have two degrees in modern dance. In this post I’ll try and figure out what this blog is really going to be about. I’m working things out as I go along, and since there’s a chance that no one is reading this, I reserve the right to make this a meandering, stumbling process.

I’ll begin with the question of grad school. There’s a program here at IU, and I could get 50% off of the cost of tuition with my husband’s benefits. I still have time to apply if I want to start in fall 2013. I’d have to order transcripts and get letters of recommendation. I could do that. Do I have time to take classes and work enough hours to pay the bills? I’m not sure that I do. So the other option might be to just do a learn on my own, learn at work kind of thing.

The learning on my own route is where the blog comes in. How can I learn on my own, let me make a list.

1. Find articles on eLearning, Instructional Design, etc. and read them

2. Write posts about the more interesting or in-depth articles

3. Write about what I learn from the projects I do at work

4. Learn about learning models like ADDIE and SAM and write about them

5. Create my own projects and post them here

That sounds like a plan! Now I’ve got to follow through on it.

Time will tell.

What is this blog for anyway? Part I

The thing is, I’m not sure about writing this blog. It seemed like a great idea when I first thought of it, but now I’m not sure how to start, or where to go with it once I do get started.

When it comes down to it, this blog is about me trying to figure out what my career is really supposed to be. You’d think I would have figured this out 15 or 20 years ago, but 15 or 20 years ago I was getting degrees in modern dance. I did not pursue a career in dance. I did end up in the IT department at Indiana University, first as an administrative assistant, and then as someone who produced podcasts about IT support at IU.

My main podcast, called The IT Help Podcast, had a pretty big following (if the podcast portal stats were to be believed). Unfortunately, the people above me didn’t think it was a service worth keeping around, and so after a few re-orgs, I was downsized. I’ve told this story before-looks like I’m telling it again.

Anyway, fast forward to now. I’m still working in the IT department at Indiana University, but now I’m in the group that I’ve always wanted to be in, IT Training. I’m doing the kind of work that I like to do and that I’m well suited to, but I’m a part-timer with no benefits. I need to look for a better job-hopefully one in Instructional Technology or Instructional Design. I applied for a position at IU, but my application didn’t even make it past HR, because I didn’t meet the education requirements. I need a different degree!

So that’s the situation that led to the creation of this blog.

I don’t like to write overlong posts, so I’m going to break this one up. Stay tuned for the next chapter of my little story. I’ll be talking about getting a degree (or not), becoming a thought leader, tweeting, curating, and other fascinating topics.