As stated in a recent article by Inside Higher Ed, “Between the announcement of its purchase of an iPhone application yesterday, its acquisition of Angel Learning in May, and its recently released new interface, Blackboard has made significant moves to strengthen its hold on the e-learning market. But many users aren’t happy with the basics.”
Living in the online space as a CEO and Executive Director of Operations, for the past 4 years, I have had many e-Learning vendors contact me about using their products and services. I have also been an online adjunct facilitator for the past three years. I have taught courses in Blackboard as well as Angel. My personal experience has been one that I prefer the functionality and the ease of navigation within the Blackboard system far more than that of the Angel system. I cannot speak to the functionality of WebCT, eCollege, or other delivery systems. However, having run an online program with over 37,000 students, Blackboard has more than met the faculty as well as the students needs.
For many of you who follow my blog and subscribe through the RSS feed, you have been wondering what’s been going on. Well here I am, back at Liberty University after 8 months away.
I know many of you are wondering why I left only to return in just under a year. The truth of the matter is…in the words of Seth Godin “Winners quit all the time, they just quit the right stuff at the right time.” As Alina Tugend states “sometimes we can feel so invested in our situation, or too embarrassed to admit that we might have chosen the wrong path that it permeates all aspects of our lives”. The truth is it sometimes shows more courage to leave than to stay. Going against the grain, and being the lone defector is hard. In this age of being politically correct or slapping a catchy label on everything we experience…let’s refer to quitting as “disengaging from our goal”. I am not giving up on my dreams, just shifting to more meaningful ones.
The trick, of course, is to know when it’s right to walk away and when it’s not. For me it was a series of events that unfolded overtime that said it was time to move on. I don’t want to get into a laundry list of those things, but at some point I had to draw a line between what was attainable and what was not, and at what cost.
Father’s Day was Sunday June 21st. What a great day Jen and the kids had planned for me, breakfast on the screened in porch with eggs, bacon, toast and coffee. Then it was off to church and out to eat for lunch. In the early afternoon I laid down for a quick nap (not usually allowed with 4 kids wanting attention) only to be followed up with a trip to look at and purchase my new dirt bike a Yamaha TTR230. You can see the pictures. The kids are loving it that Daddy now has his own dirt bike to ride around with them. I have some day trips planned so we can load them up and hit some small trails in the area. We can’t get too carried away just yet as Peyton will be on her Honda 50cc for a while. We will pack a lunch and hit the trails in the near future. Stay tuned for more blogs on our dirt bike experiences.
PS. Don’t tell Jen but I have been hitting some 16 foot jumps in the backyard with a ramp I have. Dawson is hitting about 8 feet.