When I registered for the course EDID6504, I had the notion that the work would not be too far off from the tasks I had at my former job as 3D animation instructor and writer/editor. Animation instructors and mentors view student films and ads and provide feedback that would improve said works. Writers go through other people’s writings to check for grammatical errors and content. Program evaluation turned out to be more important and more complicated than the aforementioned.
Through the various forum questions and assignments, I discovered that evaluation is not just about taking a completed work and writing feedback about that said work. Evaluation begins from the recognition of the shortcomings of a program and the planned design on how to dissect that program for strengths, weaknesses, recommendations and the final report.
Posting responses in forums and directly responding to colleagues can sometimes be nerve-wracking, I have to admit. There is the question of whether I was contributing positively to the whole group by providing accurate and detailed information, validated by personal experience and research. It is, however, also exhilarating to be part of a progressive and active exchange of ideas, mixing in both opinions and facts, among fellow students who have actively sought further studies. Time was scant this term because of work, both full-time and part-time, and other responsibilities as mother, wife and physically active and emotionally-involved second grade class teacher, but being able to contribute to the forums certainly leaves an uplifting feeling. While the instructions and discussions were done virtually, there was a feeling of immersion such as typical of constructivist strategies that made the learning absorbed for real-life application.