Finally. Time for winter break. Old-school me refers to this as Christmas break, but let’s not offend anybody, eh?
This last term was busy. My leadership class was great, as the professor was extremely helpful and left many personal comments in all assignments. My research class? Just the opposite. Canned (pre-written) responses 100% of the time; zero in-paper critiques. Can’t grow much if professors don’t contribute. I was also a graduate assistant for a research class, and that was fun (and time consuming). Not only did I get to contribute to discussion forums, I got to try my hand at providing concept paper feedback along with the professor.
During break, I have a few school-related tasks I need to complete. First, I need to go through all of my printed journal articles (yes, I print them out) and file them appropriately so I can reference them quickly in the future. Second, I need to work on organizing my Zotero references for the concept paper class. That particular class is the “gateway” to candidacy, and candidacy is necessary if you want to proceed with your dissertation and completion of the program.
We are regularly asked to create some type of presentation for class assignments. These can take many forms… Canva, Prezi, MySimpleShow (one of my favorites), PowerPoint (for example). This week, I am creating a PowerPoint regarding the use of dashboards as analysis tools for organizations.
Why PowerPoint? I’m pretty good at it, and I’ve gotten the animation, timing, and sound capabilities figured out — mostly. I learn more every time I use the software.
In the past, I have used my own music — often classical — as background music for presentations. This time I wanted something better; something more “corporate”. More polished. More professional.
I’m always leery of downloading music online (think Limewire if you’re older than 30), but today’s anti-virus software packages are pretty good. Bensound is the first site I visited, and they had — royalty free — exactly what I wanted. In fact, it auto-plays with this post. You’re welcome. Catchy, eh? Now… To finish my presentation…
ACE is where I go to school. Their EdD program was extremely affordable, and they are accredited. The October term starts tomorrow. This will be a busy term, as I am not only signed up for three classes, but I am also a graduate assistant for a quantitative research methods class. I’m excited about being a GA, and I get to work with the professor who recommended me. It will be a learning opportunity. Not only will I be able to provide guidance to other students, I will also practice skills I am learning as part of the EdD program (Educational Leadership).
What classes am I taking this term?
LEAD 6021: Doctoral Leadership Seminar 1 (1 cred)
LEAD 6143: Strategic Operations Planning & Innovation (3 cred)
RES 6033: Qualitative Research Methods (3 cred)