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January 28, 2009

Winter/Spring semester

Oh, thank God. I have a really good class this semester. Its the first week - hell, its the third day - and I have three assignments and I have already learned about 5 new things about search engines. Considering my eternal love affair with Google, it is surprising that I have learned something new about Google. What's even better is that I am being forced to leave my beloved Google and explore and evaluate other search engines and meta search tools. Very cool. Expanding my horizons.

THANK YOU, LBS724! You are an awesome course!

Coolness here: Clusty
Go ahead, loyal readers - pick a search term and compare your experience on Google and Clusty.

January 19, 2009

Happy New Year, happy new semester

The syllabi for my spring classes have been posted. One course looks very well organized - the prof uses Blackboard well. Her documents are well written and she has included an audio component so we can hear her voice. She conveys a decent sense of humor and she spelled out her expectations clearly. She has provided a great deal of introductory material on several levels - for the less internet savvy to those of us who have a great deal more experience - which covers her personal teaching preferences and methods along with links to information about those methods (constructivism, UDL). I am excited about working with this professor; I believe I can learn a lot from her.

My husband got laid off last week. Not a good way to start the new year. Upon hearing the news my brain automatically goes into overdrive - making mental lists of what I need to do to ensure we stay afloat financially, calculating our savings and projecting the number of mortgage payments we can make before the shit hits the fan, determining how I can fit in free lance work between my regular job and grad school. I found a contract job available for an instructional designer in Boston; I submitted an application for it. I have been asked to build a website for a local psychiatrist, so I'll have to follow up on that. And the local night-time adult education program is accepting proposals for classes so I might put together something there.

I'm in crisis prevention mode. I hope it doesn't exhaust me. I will have to take care to ensure I include some fun time, down time and family time so I don't become lost trying to save us. Of course, there is a chance too that he will find work in his field, even though the economy is so horrible. Here's to hope!