Grad school underway

I’ve been sitting on the couch tonight with my laptop working on homework for the first time since 1995.

I have assignments in each of my two courses.

For one class, I had to post a bio of myself on the D2L (Desire2Learn) message board for the course, and then have to post a response on the bio posts of everyone else in class. So far, 11 of the other 21 students in class have posted bios; some of the responses were easy based on what was written, but for a couple of them I really had to dig for something to say. This will be an interesting project. I also had to post in a discussion topic about the economy’s impact on sports.

For the second class, I’m supposed to write on the role of an athletic administrator in motivating coaches or staff. I actually started with this and didn’t get very far – it’s an incredibly vague topic, and I’m having trouble wrapping my brain around it. Kids are asleep now and Mel’s heading out to meet a friend for a bit, so I’m going to put something on Netflix for background noise and take another crack at it.

I’m also trying to get a feel for the D2L system. Initially, I don’t like how it feels completely isolated from the rest of the Internet. For example, I don’t see options to set up notifications via email or Twitter or anything; I’ll keep exploring it to try and to figure out some of those intricacies. But in essence, this doesn’t feel any different than posting on the forums at any number of blog sites out there. Using this sort of mechanism for learning is going to be an interesting experience.

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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  1. August 24, 2011

    Grad school underway; working through my first night of homework since 1995. #fb

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