Posted in knowledge networks and digital innovation, Social Media, Teaching and Learning

Starting my Masters: The 3 things I learned before the course even started

I officially begin my Masters in Education: Knowledge Networks & Digital Innovation on the 3rd of March when the course actually opens.  Because I am a busy, time-poor working Mum, I am really keen to be organised to give myself the best chance of meeting this challenge.  Here are 3 things I have learned already – eleven days before the course even starts.

No 1.  Student Outreach is Fantastic

The Distance Education Student Outreach team at Charles Sturt University have made contact a number of times and in a variety of formats offering assistance in getting started in the Masters Program.  I took up their offer to attend a one-to-one session and it was invaluable.  They explained the important procedures I would need to know, how to use the online learning platform & gave advice on how to prioritise the workload in the course.

No 2. A calm working space and some dedicated time really is helpful

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One piece of advice the Outreach team gave

was to set aside time and space for working on the course.  This seems obvious but in a busy house it is nearly impossible to get uninterrupted thinking time.  After looking at our schedule, I decided to use the time my daughter was at gymnastic classes.  These are three hour blocks and the gym is right next door to a public library.  WOW – it is the most beautiful place to work and think and even has free WiFi.


No 3. Check before you post

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As a teacher who encourages students to participate online and in social media environments, “check before you post” is something I repeat almost on a daily basis.  I think it will be refreshing for my students to know that I need to listen to my own advice.  I posted the first tweet to my subject hashtag for the course and got the name of the entire course wrong!  I think this is hilarious but am not so sure it’s Masters material.

Wish me luck – I’m going to need it.




As the Curriculum Leader of the Mt Alvernia iCentre, my key areas of interest are: Teaching and Learning The information landscape Digital Literacy Digital citizenship Literature Reading

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