My name is Kristine Holloway. I am a librarian with California State University, Bakersfield and have oversight over distance services. As was noted in our reading, the line between distance students using online resources and traditional students preferring an online learning environment has become very blurred. That has been a challenge for me as I attempt to assist distance students but also direct traditional students to the right resources.
I am taking this class so that I can be better at my job. I would like to be more tech savvy. I am hoping that this class can help with that. I am also curious to find out what students look for in online education.
I enjoy the communication with other students that these blog exercises provide. Often working online, as a student or a teacher, gives a sense of isolation. I like the idea that even though we are in an asynchronous class, we are still able to have a discussion. I like face-to-face interactions, but I am becoming more and more comfortable with the online environment. I think that you get to know people in a different way when you interact with them through printed text as opposed to the spoken word. It is interesting.
I am comfortable with blogging, basic HTML, the Microsoft Suite, listserves, video chatting, youtube, and Blackboard. I would like a greater comfort level with other technologies. It will be good to learn about different technologies from my classmates. There are so many resources available right now, it is hard to keep track of them all!