All kinds of everything

 

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It’s Week 8 and we are so busy!

I found week 7 to be the most challenging of the MA so far. On Friday, I submitted both my XML assignment, and my proposal for the EL6072 assignment.  The next morning I escaped to Amsterdam for a couple of days, for a well needed break. Having spent the weekend wandering the beautiful streets and eating an absurd amount of pancakes, I’m happy to be back in Limerick feeling mentally refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the semester. I tried to write this post from the WordPress android app while I was away, but while it’s great for seeing an overview stats/comments/etc., I couldn’t get it to cooperate when I tried to format the post. Need to spend a little more time with it!

TW5212 Workplace Issues in Technical and Professional Communication 

The XML/CSS assignment felt like a huge achievement. I could have spent another two weeks messing around with it and learning more complicated CSS,  but I’m happy with the outcome. My biggest problem (as usual!) was coming up with a topic, and I drove myself demented by constantly changing my mind. In the end I went with something very relevant to my studies right now – attributing images on a blog!

I spent a lot of time looking through the Creative Commons website. I’m glad I chose this topic as I learned a lot about the different types of licenses, mainly the difference between Royalty Free (you purchase a license once and use according to those terms), Creative Commons (there are lots of CC licenses, and a great way for artists to have control over their work while still sharing it) and Public Domain (no restrictions or copyright, but still always a good idea to read the terms). I still have a lot of research to do to understand these licenses fully, but I find Techopedia great for straight-forward explanations. I feel this is invaluable knowledge, especially as I plan on using vector images for my summer project.

EL6072 Interactive Courseware Workshop 

I got off to a rocky start with the proposal for the digital learning resource, but felt much more confident after getting really helpful feedback from Ann on my draft.

I am honestly amazed at how much I have learned since September. When I created interface designs for EL6041 last semester, I spent hours upon hours clobbering something together between Microsoft Paint and Word. They looked OK, but the proportions were off, nothing seemed aligned, they became fuzzy when resized, and they were so stressful to make. This semester, I have learned some basic tools on Adobe Illustrator and the difference is amazing! I still spent quite a lot of time on them, but I was getting faster the whole time, and they looked a lot more polished and professional. And there was practically no stress!

The real challenge will come when I try to actually create any of this in Animate and Dreamweaver but let’s just cross one bridge at a time!

I have a lot on the agenda for the rest of Week 8. The French students are just about finished their translation for the virtual team assignment for EL6082, so we will be spending some time ensuring everything is consistent. I am also eager to get ready for my TW5212 interview, as my interviewee would like to see the questions ahead of time.

 

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Whoa, we’re halfway there (kind of…)

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Source: Student Problems (Facebook)

I know that every week I express my astonishment that another week has passed, but seriously, we’re heading into week 7? Seriously?  This is my 10th and final semester of university, and it’s flying by!

I have no news to share re: virtual team assignment. We’ve heard nothing from the French students since we passed it over to them on the 20th. I’m going to continue working under the “no news is good news” school of thought, and not worry about it.

Here’s a round up of how everything else is going:

TW5212 Workplace Issues in Technical and Professional Communication
I’ve been tipping away at our XML/CSS assignment. I’ve been looking forward to learning XML since last semester, as I know it’s a requirement for any technical writing position these days. I like it- there’s something very comforting about knowing that x does y. It’s a change of pace for me as a former English major, but I LOVE learning these new technical skills. There’s such a buzz in inputting all this code and something actually appearing on the screen! Even if it’s hideous! Other than the trustworthy w3schools website, I’ve been using CSS Tricks for examples.

I’ve also sorted my interviewee for the interview assignment, so that’s another massive relief. I’m meeting with him on March 28th, so need to get my questions in order soon. I’m looking forward to actually carrying out the interview, but securing someone was stressful and a little awkward. That’s all part of the process I guess!

EL6072 – Interactive Courseware Workshop 

We had our Dreamweaver/Flash workshop on Wednesday, and I’m so glad I went! I went home and repeated the process on Animate CC and it’s pretty easy to work with. I haven’t tried anything fancy yet, but if you ever need to make yellow circles bounce up and down the screen, I’m your woman.

I’ve also been working on my proposal for our digital learning resource. I’m creating a resource that will teach older people (or those with lower digital skills) how to keep themselves save online, by learning to recognise fraudulent content. I’m really enjoying the topic, which in a way might be a bad thing, as I keep getting distracted with news articles as I’m doing my research! My next task on that is to put together some interface designs, but I’ll certainly be employing the KISS principle on this one.

EL6052 – E-Learning Theories and Principles 

I’m still enjoying the Twitter assignment, and it’s great to see everyone else getting so involved. My only issue is that I actively use my own personal Twitter, and constantly have to double check which one I’m on before I Retweet something!

We have a digital literacy assignment due today, and it was quite interesting to think about all the skills I don’t have, or could certainly do with improving. I consider myself a ‘digital native’ in many ways, but so often the simple skills can be overlooked. I chose to focus on ‘open practice’, ‘revision of work’, and ‘searching online’, all of which are relevant and useful to my degree and my future career.

RM6011 – Research Methodologies in Applied Language Studies

I received provisional approval on my ethics application today. I need to tweak a few things, and then I can send it back for final approval. I’m trying to somehow put together my survey to have it ready to go once I receive approval, but there seriously are not enough hours in the day!

To conclude, I’m busy but hey, I’m learning!