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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Powerpoint is really cool! Okay, I may have just fallen off the cliff and deeper into the abyss of nerdom. During the past few weeks, I have been re-acquainting myself with Powerpoint and all of the cool things that one can create with it.
Most notably, I have been using it to create my online courses. I sort of wish that I had been using it sooner but, no time like the present.
I am adding video to my class slideshow which will enhance the experience for the student and make the material easier to teach. My new found love for Powerpoint has not come without drawbacks. My learning curve is a lot slower than it used to be, I am sure due to the many projects on my plate.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
For the past year or so, I have been brainstorming ideas for online courses. Back in 2012, I set up an online course on Udemy entitled: "Overcoming The Loser Spirit". That course was comprised of both blogposts and podcasts in which I had discussed the concept of "The Loser Spirit".
A few students enrolled in the course and I kind of forgot about...until I was sent a notice by Udemy that there curriculum policies were changing. Now, Udemy requires that video be incorporated into the classes on their platform.
At the time, I had no interest in doing video of any kind. For one, I was unsure on whether I could successfully create a course-worthy video lecture. I walked away from the whole teaching on Udemy thing and focused on other projects.
Fast forward to early this year, when I made the decision to launch this blog and revive "The Loser Spirit" series as an online course. In addition, this year I started experimenting with filming myself and as result, I launched a Youtube.com channel.
Below are the 5 challenges which I encountered while creating online courses:
I didn't realize it at the time, but I was afraid to take "go big" with my online course. As a result, I stuck to text and audio only during my first foray on Udemy.
I consider myself a tech-savvy person but, for some reason I was reluctant to add video into my teaching arsenal. I guess that I was afraid that students would judge me on my appearance and not the course materials being presented.
3. Not Leveraging Available Resources
Every day, I listen to podcasts which discuss the latest trends in business technology. I was well aware how to find resources to help me polish my online course offerings. However, for some reason, I was failing to properly use that information for my benefit.
4. Poor Time Management
I am pretty good at getting things done one time. However, when it came to creating the online courses, my time management habits seemed to fail me. I am attributing to items 1-3 listed above.
5. Lack Of Clarity
I had so many ideas for online courses that I failed to come up with a sustainable model for a course. Previously, I brainstormed ideas for online courses without a clear idea on how I wanted to execute them.
Listen to this episode of the Bougie Girl University podcast here.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Earlier today, I gave BGU podcast listeners a taste of the premium content which will be available for sale soon. Below are the highlights from the podcast.
Congratulations! After many false starts and missteps, you have finally tapped into your spiritual side. Now, comes the task of bringing the feel-good "Woo-Woo" vibes into your physical world.
This e-course will outline the steps to get you on the path of blending your spiritual awakening into the physical world.
Step#1-The first step is to distinguish the "Woo-Woo" from the physical world.
Step#2-The second step is to begin blending the "Woo-Woo" with the physical world via a series of exercises which involve beginning a journal of observations outlining the 5 senses.
Step#3-The third step is actively weaving the blend into your life. In short, you are going to start integrating a more diverse group of people into your life. One of the best ways to do this is to join a meetup.com group, enroll in classes, and/or actively volunteer in your community.
Step#4- The fourth step is to embrace the shift which is occurring within your life as a result of your efforts to blend the "Woo-Woo" with the real world.
Step #5-The fifth step involves maintaining the results from the blend by staying mindful of the world outside of yourself.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
|Photo courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net|
School is definitely back in!
Are you still sitting on the sidelines trying to figure out what you want to do with that degree program which you are halfway through?
Is there a certification and/or licensing test that is standing between you and your future career?
Today's class is going to help you get organized and stay motivated to finish your degree/certification.
Questions to ask yourself:
1. Why are you pursuing this degree/certification?
2. How do you plan to use your degree/certification?
3. Will you need additional education?
4. How do you plan to fund your degree/certification?
5. Are there local, regional, and/or national organizations in your degree field which you can join?
6. Do you have a support system in place? If not, where can you find one?
7. Will you go to school part-time or full-time?
8. How many classes will you realistically be able to take?
9. Do you have a schedule in place?
10. What are the roadblocks to you finishing your degree?
Listen to this episode of the Bougie Girl University podcast.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
|Sunset in Newport, RI|
The summer is winding down. No doubt, you have probably been a little busy trying to pack in a lot activities before the balmy breezes turn cooler. The Fall semester is starting in a few weeks which means that your extra-curricular reading and time may be drastically cut in half.
Below are several blogs which keep me inspired:
1. Get Busy Living Blog
2. Impossible HQ
3. Lisa Nichols Blog
4. Eventual Millionaire
5. Rise To The Top
6. Amy Porterfield