Course: Maximizing Work-Life Success
This course has been so helpful in my own personal reflection that I'm sure if I stick with it, I will come out a changed woman. I learned about work "buzz" words and how different employers and organizations treat their employees in regards to emerging technology and flexibility. There was a sentence that stuck out to me in my readings Working flexibly means, for me, that I can have the most fulfilling life that I choose to pursue. Week one was all about defining success. What does success mean to you in your personal life and what does that success look like for you in your professional life? One of the most awesome segments was watching a video on challenges minority women face in the workplace. It was MIND-BLOWING! All my life, I watched my parents do the same things described for their family and I have even done it with young adults in my life.
I talked to my mom about it, about "kinship" circles and supplying resources to girls who are so under-resourced that you're just helping them "survive." It was amazing to see this cultural difference actually talked about because most of the time it's understood among your people, but you would never broadcast it to anyone else because it's one of those circumstances that people would not understand.
All I know is that I constantly struggle with how my future personal life will effect my personal life. My mother was on an awesome career track to become an administrator at the district level, but gave it up to be a mom. She reminds me that if you value you family, you can't have it all. In a Huffpost article, Work-Family Conflict is Not the Problem: Overwork Is states reasons why women are so apt to leave the workplace after children:
This course is so fascinating in the context of my own life. I'm really looking forward to keep searching and figuring out what my own work-life effectiveness looks like.
Course: Gaming Literacy
THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND GAMES! Why do we play games? This course took me a few minutes to get into and now I'm obsessed. I never really thought about the psychology about playing games or how different basic game designed work (outside of the obvious: rules, etc). This delves deeper into understanding why you pick some games to keep going until you beat it or why you might give up on other games after a few levels.
We talked about the Flow Theory and this is a graph that shows the sweet spot when the challenges and skills are perfectly matched so that the game is neither boring (this is when the player's skill level is better than the challenges so the game is no longer fun or "too easy" so they quit playing), nor is it too hard (this is when the challenges are higher than the player's skill level so the player gets anxiety because it's too hard and quits). I'm like "YESSS!! This is why I have a hard time playing a lot of first person shooter games, but give me simulations or role-playing games, and I'M ALL OVER IT.
This leads into us talking about intrinsic motivators of game playing: challenge, curiosity, control, and fantasy. ERMAGOD. I could get super into talking about games for a really long time. BUT I'M NOT!
MOOC's are not for everyone, but these free courses are the best thing since I've graduated from college. I love to learn and emerging technology just makes it THAT much easier to keep up with current educational trends and practices in the field.