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  • Mrs Chakotay 9:57 pm on December 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: careers, , , , , Medicine, , , Open University, , Q69, , study, ,   

    Study Plans for 2016 

    I haven’t done any formal studying for a while now. Something went wrong with the funding for my OU course and, since I didn’t really get on with DD101 (I know I passed, but I never had any feedback or a score or anything) and for a whole host of other reasons, I won’t be picking it up again any time soon. But as it turned out, we had a really bad year which made not studying a good thing, I could not have coped with study deadlines at the same time.

    I changed my OU degree from Q69, Combined Social Science, to an Open Degree, but nothing really appeals at the moment. So if I do pick it up again, I don’t know what direction I will go in. I wasn’t impressed with the way the OU worked, the materials, the tutor, and it felt like a waste of time, money and effort.

    I had been considering the possibilities of studying Theology (which obviously would necessitate moving to another college anyway, St John’s Nottingham is an online option) – firstly in the hope of following the vocation of the priesthood, and secondly as a back-up plan, I could use it for teaching (primary or secondary) or alternatively as a chaplain of some sort or another (hospital/ school/ college/ military).

    All of those possible paths have stumbling blocks – principally of the financial kind, and my health has been very poor this year, so I don’t know if I will even be able to take up a career any time soon even if I do manage to get qualified, I’ll be 45 this year, and I have already had 12 years of ME.
    So at this point I’m just shrugging my shoulders and letting it all wash over me and trying not to care or worry.

    A (virtual) friend of mine with ME started a Law Degree a few years ago. I can’t imagine how you would manage that with this illness, but he seemed to. I took an intro to Law (a 10 point OU course) It wasn’t hard, but it didn’t exactly thrill me!

    But in an effort to ensure that my brain doesn’t turn to mush, I will probably start looking into what’s available to study informally this year again. I don’t like the idea that schools, colleges and universities act as the gate-keepers of knowledge. The whole qualification and student finance game seems like a big racket to me.

    I have previously bought OU materials to study on my own without going through the rigmarole of the course and the debt. I have even toyed with the idea of studying medicine just for the fun of it. It might come in handy, you never know.

    Do any of you have recommendations for any good courses coming up? So many books! So little time! 🙂

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  • Mrs Chakotay 2:12 pm on April 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: DD10, , , , study,   

    DD101 – TMA 03 

    I have just finished the third TMA (essay) for my Open University Course, DD101 Introducing the Social Sciences.

    I didn’t think I could do it at all, in fact this essay has had me in tears and convinced that not only I don’t want to carry on with this particular bit of the course, but that I’m really not cut out to be doing Social Science at all.

    It has been so discouraging, because I have studied Sociology before at GCSE (although actually, ahem, I suppose it was actually O Level) and A Level and I had loved the subject, but I don’t remembering it being this hard.

    TMA 03 was a two part essay. The first part was 500 words analysing a table of data from the Census related to the ethnicity of residents of the national parks in England and Wales. Huh, I didn’t know we had any ‘national parks’.

    The second part was 1000 words on the topic of how certain communities are included or excluded in certain places.

    Oh my. I had thought the essay on ‘rubbish’ was hard.

    It was the data table that really had me in tears, because my mathematical skills are oo, rusty shall we say? It was fairly obvious that ‘White’ was vastly more numerous than any other ethnicity, but it was a very poorly categorised set of data really. Why, for example, does the government categorise ‘Gypsy’ and ‘Irish Traveller’ together as one ethnicity? They seem political rather than bona fide ethnic categorizations. But ours not to reason why or comment, just to analyse.

    Part two was just a straightforward essay really, and should have been easy because it was only 1000 words, but because I had procrastinated for so long, putting it off because I was finding the first part such a headache, I had to cram everything in today and cobble it together before the deadline. So I’m not expecting a very good result this time. Ho hum, I got it done anyway.

    Now I just need to start getting back into a regular rhythm of study and keep to it so I don’t get into so much trouble next time.

    How’s everybody else finding the course?

     

     
    • Natalie 7:52 pm on May 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my gosh i am struggling with the table too… i don’t know what to say about the table lol ahh i’ve already had to have an extension because a close family member pass away so i’m really all over the place as it is haha… i think this will push me over the edge i’m sure of it

      Do you have any tips on completing it? i could use all the help i can get haha

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      • lillbjorne 7:57 pm on May 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Oh dear! Lol! I am probably not the best person to ask! I did not get a very good mark on this one!!

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  • Mrs Chakotay 1:48 pm on March 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aborigine, anthropology, Australian, business, culture, entrepreneur, , Maori, New Zealand, study, teacher training,   

    Teaching Adult Learners, Entrepreneurship & Indigenous Studies 

    I have just finished three free four week courses on the Australian Open2Study platform.

    The first course was Teaching Adult Learners

    The next course was Entrepreneurship and Family Business

    And the third course was Indigenous Studies, looking at Australian Aborigines, Torres Strait Islanders and New Zealand Maori.

     

    Teaching Adult Learners

    This was a great course, with lots of ideas and I took a lot away from it. I have taught several classes on a variety of subjects but I haven’t done much with adult learners. I did think that a lot of what was said about adult learners would or should apply to children, especially older children.

    Entrepreneurship and Family Business

    This was an interesting and encouraging course, but it wasn’t terribly well organised and I’m not sure by the end of it whether I am any the wiser about how to start and run a business at all. One thing I will say though is that the course leader, Leon Levine does kind of embody the entrepreneurial spirit, from the point of view that he obviously isn’t an academic, but he has enough perseverance and determination to be doing a PhD!

    Indigenous Studies

    This was my favourite of the three courses. I had a very limited knowledge both of the Maori and the Australian Aborigines, so the history was fascinating as well as rather heartbreaking and quite appalling altogether. I saw a lot of parallels between the way the British treated the natives there and the way the native British (Welsh, Cornish and Scottish) were put down and oppressed and marginalised.

     

    I particularly like the Open2Study platform – all the lessons are delivered by video, with a short ‘pop quiz’ question afterwards and a longer quiz after each module. You also earn reward badges for everything you complete, and even though there’s not much going on in the forum, there’s plenty of feedback on Twitter for example.

    Each module is a week long, and I didn’t realise that there’s a deadline for the final assessment which I missed although I managed to pass based on my points from the previous modules.

    Altogether though, I am really glad I did them, and the Open2Study platform will definitely attract me back again for more courses.

     
  • Mrs Chakotay 9:53 am on March 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , business, , , , , , Kernewek, , , , , , study, , ,   

    Jag har haft fullt upp! 

    It has all fallen apart a bit. I tend to do this. I tend to take on so much that I burn out and end up not finishing anything. (Sigh) The title is a Swedish phrase, which means roughly ‘I have had a full schedule’, or ‘I’ve been super-busy’! 🙂

    I have picked up a dozen or more books and started them, but not finished them. In fact, I took a bunch of half-read books back to the library yesterday. I’m trying not to kick myself about the Read52 challenge. I don’t think I could catch up now, unless I get credit for good intentions!

    I’m also so far behind in the Bible in 90 Days challenge this time that I really have no hope (or intention, sorry) of catching up. I also got to the end of Job just feeling that I was getting very little out of it this time round. Last year I read through faithfully every day, and marked all the words of God in red, and anything else important (like repetition and themes) in blue, and I really loved it. I saw new things in it and I’m really glad I did it. But this time, I had already switched to listening on audio Bible by the time I got to Joshua instead of actually reading it, as I was finding it so… boring! I really don’t want to feel that way about Bible reading.

    So actually I’m juggling. I have a lot of plates to spin – being a wife and ‘mum’ with ME, homeschooling, housework, study, and trying to set up a Ministry / Business. I have never managed to find a great balance between homeschooling and housework – when the children were young, I figured that if I managed to get out of bed and the children were basically washed and fed and clothed and happy, everything else could look after itself.

    I have been wondering why I decided to take on the extra spinning plates of study and business. Maybe a psychoanalyst is called for – do I have some need to set myself up to fail? Actually, I think I’m pretty driven, perhaps I need to prove myself in some way (I’m not sure to whom though or why). But being driven and fighting ME is a pretty tough battle. Actually I have heard that there’s quite a bit of evidence that a lot of people who get ME are A-type personalities (I tried to look for a good article to link to but I couldn’t find one).

    I have never quite learned to pace myself either. I always seem to need to start something new, take on a little bit more, work a little bit harder. I help out at Scouts and Guides in a limited capacity, I teach (Sunday School, very basic Hebrew, adult Bible Study, although actually I haven’t done any classes since we moved down here as there doesn’t seem to be any interest), I’m now involved with two churches, I study (and now I ‘have’ to be studying my OU course, just about everything else looks more interesting which is another challenge! I’m even trying to learn Cornish in my ‘spare time’!)

    I constantly feel on the edge of relapse, but resting doesn’t help anyway. I figure that, if I’m going to feel desperately tired and in pain whether I rest or get on with it anyway, I might as well just get on with it. Thankfully my ME is not severe (although I have had a few bad patches, and poor husband always seems me at my worst as I’m always pretty wrecked by the end of the day). I still don’t want to accept that it is ME to be quite honest. I would much rather have something that’s easily fixable, curable. But I don’t go to the GP anymore. My current one is nicer and more helpful than previous ones, but he’s no help really. When the blood-tests always come back negative or ‘borderline’ there’s no clear direction on how to treat me. So until and unless I can’t, I keep on keeping on. I keep picking up books and starting them. I keep trying to read my Bible. I keep studying and writing and doing my little groups. The children are washed and clothed and fed and reasonably happy. That sounds like a good life to me 🙂

     
  • Mrs Chakotay 7:18 pm on March 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , leadership, management, , study   

    ML109 The Four As of Leadership for Women 

    The Four As of Leadership for Women, course #ML109 is a short course from ChristianCourses.com

    There are three parts to the course: an introductory video and two lessons consisting of videos and self-reflectory questions to be answered in the forum.

    I won’t give away what the four ‘A’s are, but I will say that I took more away from the introductory video than the lesson videos themselves.

    The whole course probably took less than five hours to complete, and was a not  upleasant use of my time.

    I noticed that the introductory video ws a conversation as opposed to the lesson videos which were lectures, and I suspect that the conversation format is more helpful (to me anyway).

    All in all it was useful as a stepping stone to look at other resources, so I would recommend it on that basis.

    It’s good to see Christian courses being made available for free, and I hope Christian universities start to follow suit.

     
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