As part of my professional development, I am taking an online class on Technology Engagement. The assignment asked that I write a blog and do a reflection. So here it goes...I am sure this is going to go viral LOL...please feel free to share and re-post if you like. No seriously thought...here are my thoughts
I participated in a Zoom chat and a google form activity. Both went well, I am considering the Google Form idea for the midterm activity where they will all have to self select a chapter do a summary and then post on a google form as a class.
I found it beneficial. I think the big take away is how online classes are hard to schedule time within the week. I can see how my student's fall behind and also see if I don't create a routine for them with clear instructions, how they can get confused. So I am creating a day when everything is always due. No exceptions so they won't be caught off guard.
The two elements I selected are group and individual in learning. I admit not too challenging for me. The challenge is the time. It is really hard to be fully engaged when managing so much. Again, it gives me empathy for my students.
I am currently applying a lot of the items currently in my class but I find the group work confusing and I see my students struggle with this also.
It all started with a text from a friend at Bakersfield College, simply a text, with the link to the job- Public Health Science Professor. With one simple click, I opened up the job description and boom my mind began to dream..... This would be the first public health program in Kern County in fact in the Southern Central Valley and think about all that it could do for Kern County? Just Imagine? The public health professionals are change agents and right now, public health degrees only exist out of the area. In fact, many people are completely unaware of public health careers and often recruitment occurs outside the area.
I left grant development and the world of K-12 education and changed jobs into Academia. I threw myself into starting a new program, curriculum development and creating a new Associate Science Transfer (AST) Degree, a Degree with a Guarantee in Public Health Science. And it happened...it has been exciting, the new AST rolled out in 2017 and Bakersfield College students are declaring their majors and we have some set already to graduate in Spring 2018. Check out the information on the degree, classes and exciting opportunities in public health.
Bakersfield College students are primed for the public health field in Kern County. Who knows the Central Valley better? You know your community and your passion and commitment will make a difference in Kern County.
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