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October 9, 2008

Last entry for Extension 2.0

* What were your favorite discoveries or exercises?
This was my first blog ever, having the opportunity to create it and keeping up to date was great! I really liked the idea of Flat Classrooms...and adding pictures, videos, podcast to the blog. I hope to keep working on it and have the blog continue after this course!!

* How has this program assisted or affected your everyday work?
I think the best way this program helped me was to give me an opportunity to apply what I was learning in the course. I did things that I had used before but I also explored new ideas (RSS, Flat Classrooms, etc) and ways of putting things online, meeting w/people, etc. One way I will utilize is to hopefully continue my blog (EFA) and also in sharing documents on line with colleagues. This is a great way of collaborating, decreasing travel time, and ensuring effectiveness in our work.

* Were there any unexpected outcomes or take-aways that surprised you?
Hmmm...The RSS feeds I think is something I want to learn more about; I have seen them in sites and added them to my blog but I still quite don't understand how it works :(.

* What could we do differently to improve this program?
I thought it was well implemented. It was good to get the weekly reminders to do our homework! Overall it went well. No changes at the moment.

* If another enrichment course of this nature were offered in the future, would you try to participate?
Definitely! It was a great experience and really helped me in applying what I was learning.

October 2, 2008

Web Conferencing

What a great learning opportunity. I actually had to host my first web conference/meeting this last Monday (29th) for the YWI regional staff. I was in charge of creating the meeting, setting the invites, and hosting it for about 2 hours. It went really well and I even used my webcam so others could see me live!!! Although I had participated in many over the past few years, I had never hosted one myself and overall it was a good learning experience (made a couple mistakes, fixed them, and everything went smoothly).
I have participated in courses taught via UMConnect with colleagues and students in Mexico and other Latin American countries...I believe that in my work this will be a great tool.

Also...YWI will be hosting the Howland Symposiums this fall over UMConnect...if you can't make it to campus, feel free to join us online!.