Archive | August 2011

Teamwork and online classes

Well first thing’s first, I feel that I enjoy online classes more than I do regular face to face classes. I’ve taken probably a handful of online, and many half online/half in-class classes. While, yes, I think they are more work, it’s just simply a better environment for me. I may not have been the sit in the back-row kind of student that Enid Irwin described herself as, but still I’d always listen more than participate. I was fully content with the back and forth discussions that a few others would pick up. Online it’s completely different for me. I still may not be one to initiate a discussion unless I really do have a question or something to add, but I tend to jump in an answer a question when I can or add in to already going discussions. For the most part, in all my online class experiences, I see that this is the case for most students. Because of the type of learning environment we’re in, we simply need to discuss things more amongst each other.

Other than participation, many other skills including time management, organization, and motivation are all things that I’ve always had with my classes (online or in-person). While I have procrastinated when it comes to writing papers, I’ve always know how long I’ve needed (be it a day or two, a week or a month) and accomplished it on time. I had a strong GPA and I’m sure that had to do with time management, motivation, and organizational skills. I worked full-time (and will continue to do so plus any internships or volunteering I do) through my undergraduate degree and without keeping organized and on-time I think I would’ve gone insane! So all in all I have no reservations about online classes. In fact, I love the idea that I’ll have a couple extra hours to work on classes instead of commuting, arriving early for parking, etc.

As for teamwork, I have to fall into the category of those who dread it. I found myself laughing out loud listening Dr. Haycock’s lecture because I really related to many things he said. I know I’ve just had so many bad experiences in group work. The only successful one I’d say I had was in an African Studies class. We gave a wonderful lecture on the DRC. But to be fair, it was supposed to be a large group and it ended up only being 3 out of 6 of us who did anything. So I guess 50% participation really wasn’t successful despite it feeling like it was! I think a lot of it stems down to guidelines. Other than deciding and agreeing on what work should be divided, and how to divide it, nothing really want set down for guidelines.

The forming stage, as Dr. Haycock would describe it, was always a stumbling block for my history of group work during my undergrad career. There was always a lack of enthusiasm in most groups I was in. We’d all get together and everyone would just sort of sit around staring at each other. I had no problem jumping in. I liked being team leader, but it’s hard when no one else really cared to share anything or showed any enthusiasm in doing anything.

I think it’ll be a lot easier to get our group work going in our SLIS classes, especially now that I’ve listened to both of those lectures. The idea about asking your group mates about their particular skills is a great way to start getting things rolling. I know I’m not very artistically inclined, and while I can make PowerPoints fine, I’ve found others in my various groups can set up gorgeous ones. So right there you know who should be working on something vs. another person, etc. And overall just getting the ball rolling by asking questions about our intentions and in general the “ground rules.” It’s an excellent starting point, and I’ll be sure to use that in my next group work… which I’m sure is coming soon in our core classes. So to wrap up, looking forward to starting our classes, applying these techniques in our classes and later in our careers as well.

-Danielle

Getting Started

Hello to everyone in the SLIS program (be it students or professors). I’m excited to be apart of the program and can’t wait to get underway in my studies. To all students, good luck and can’t wait to get to know you all more.

I’m really looking forward to getting into our field and developing a network with other students/librarians. For as long as we’ve all had Myspace and Facebook now, professional blogging and LinkedIn networks are relatively new to me. Social networking has always just been a friendship and gaming tool for me in the past. So I’m definitely looking forward to moving past that. I started my LinkedIn page not too long ago and it’s pitiful at this point! I’d love to increase/start my networking and my fellow students here is about as good a place to start as I can at this point! My link to my page is http://www.linkedin.com/pub/danielle-wood/2b/758/408

Anyways, as for our field, I definitely feel like a newbie in this sense. I always turned down any work study because I was already working 40hr/week on top of full-time classes. I’m really regretting this decision now though. It would have been wonderful if I could have snagged one of those student jobs at the library. I’m thinking of going back down to my campus and talking with one of the librarians to see if they take any volunteers, or if it’s only student positions. Anyone have any idea about CSU policies on that. Or maybe each campus is different there? I’d be going to Chico. I’m also thinking of putting a volunteer application for our public library as well. I don’t want to go into the public field, but anything to start off would be good. I would like to work in the Academic field. I’m interested in things like archival work, but I intend to have my career more or less in the reference  track. I can’t wait for later in the program when I can apply for LIBR 294, but I don’t plan on doing that until the 2nd year of the program.

Anyone know anything about other internship opportunities other than doing 294? If at all possible I’d like to do multiple internships. It would be great to dabble in a few different fields so you know for sure what you care for, and of course more experience couldn’t hurt!

Well, I suppose that is all I have to say for now. I’d be happy to learn more about anyone too and if any of us are in the same classes I’m always available if anyone wants to chat about anything regarding the class or assignments or whatnot. My e-mail is dwood10@mail.csuchico.edu or drwood728@gmail.com

-Danielle