Saturday, 30 January 2010

My Portfolio Class Jan 30th

I got Voice –In my MEd I am learning to be a leader and feeling free to ‘speaking my truth.’
Vision and Passion: my view of the future is that Venezuela will make progress, and I will be injecting enthusiasm and energy to transform the vision of education. University education, particularly the program communication and technology at UCV is rigid, follows a traditional pattern, offering a couple of courses via online. I have a simple vision:

To teach people that Life is a Journey and that this Journey requires flexibility, freedom and commitment to research to pursue happiness. Given the constant progress of communications and technology, the challenge is:

To seek the integral formation of the student so that he and she may develop positively and creatively in his or her environment, being committed to find new ways for his/her own growth, as well as that of his/her society.
To help students to apply technology skills, as well as teaching in an online environment, research methods and abilities to value an integrated and a coherent curriculum. The final purpose is to encourage them to keep learning on their own.
The use of different teaching techniques motivate students to learn better the material presented to them in class, besides providing them with enough tools to continue developing their learning skills on their own.

My Preparation: Courses taken M.Ed Communications & Technology in U Sask. Canada:
EDCMM 802.6 Historical & Theoretical Foundations of Educational Technology (Fall 2006/Winter 2007) 6 cr.
ECMM 804.3/ Distance Education Theory and Practice (Online option) (CRN: ECMM 804.3-82701) 2008 Dr Morrison
EDCMM 873.3 Instructional Design: Designing Materials for Individualized Instruction (Fall 2007) 3 credit
EDCMM 874.3 Advanced Principles of Instructional Design (Winter 2008) 3 U Dr Wilson
EC&I 834.3 Teaching in an Online Environment,University of Regina(Spring/Summer 2008
ERES 800 Ed Research Dr Noonan –Spring/Summer 2009
ECUR 805 Ed Evaluation Winter 2009 Dr Jay Wilson
ECUR 960 Ethics
ECUR 990 Curriculum Seminar Fall/Winter 2009-2010 Dr Janet McVittie
ECUR 991 Curriculum Portfolio Winter 2010 Dr Tim Molnar

My values are: freedom, honesty, balance, trust, determination, confidence, being healthy, contribution, family… Personal integrity: creating trust and being a good listener. Intellectual stimulation (researcher)

Confidence Principle & Personal Charisma: persuasiveness and sound self-esteem (no arrogance). “A confident persuader creates confidence in the persuaded.”
The Route Forwards: inspirational motivation, finding the way forwards, feeling progress, collaboration…

Seeking to Transform: seeking change, to transform the organization. My focus will be on transforming traditional rigid view of teaching into a modern technology & freedom perspective, combining face to face with an online environment in my University in Venezuela: helping to restructure the graduate program of education (a specialization "Tecnologias de la Informacion Comunicacion") by improving program conditions e.g., "Communication & Technology for Freedom" emphasizing in three components: Research Methodology using Data Bases online, Curriculum Portfolio, teaching in an online environment. This program will be good not only for educators, teachers, faculty but also for lawyers, politicians, etc. (interdisciplinary). Different people often seek updating knowledge in Communication & Technology. This program can be transformed into a more freedom and happiness to the students. To that end, I will start today with a Survey questionnaire to participants and stakeholders to find out specific needs. Please click: https://survey.usask.ca/survey.php?sid=18846&preview_survey=1

For more information about the current program "Specialization in Communications & Technology" UCV, see: http://www.ucv.ve/?id=1684 http://www.ucv.ve/

Nelson

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