Writing-how much time daily is spent doing this?

A day in the life of Honey:

6:30 am- I awake to the sound of Luke Bryan singing on my phone alarm.  I journey to the kitchen for a drink either coffee or coke.  I am on Facebook, Instagram, or checking emails minutes later before the daily chaos starts. By this time, my 12 year old daughter is up usually blaring music from her bathroom as she gets ready for school.

7:00am – I am signing papers, permission slips, or writing notes for my daughter to take to school.

7:20am- I drive my daughter to school and music is an important staple.  We usually talk about  a new song or new artist that one of us has heard.  Sometimes she is showing me a new Vine video.

7:45am – I am back home and usually by now I am on the computer either on UC blackboard, Pinterest, Facebook, or posting/viewing posts on Ebay, Poshmark, or some local selling website. This continues for about 2-3 hours.

Around 11:30-1:00 – I am fixing something for lunch/supper,doing laundry  and getting ready for work. I write my daughter a text list of things she needs to do when she arrives home. She despises the chore list but things tend to get done that way.

1:00-2:15- I am back on the computer, checking/responding to  emails, and  working on assignments.

2:45 – I arrive at work.  I am a Medical Lab Technician and work at a level 3 trauma center.  I perform tests, QC, and send test results on all patients that have lab orders.  I have to call critical values and document the call.  We often have to fax results and fill out tons of paperwork on our reference lab orders. I work in the Chemistry and Blood Bank departments. My shift ends at 11:00pm.

11:30- I arrive back home and I usually check and post to Facebook once again and then  the school workload continues usually til 1:00am or later. Then at 6:30am it repeats all over again.

Right now, my life is CRAZY!  I  don’t know if it’s that I am not a good organizer or what, but lately there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day.  I hope that it will slow down when I am finished with school.  I would like to get back to some normalcy and routine sleep.  My family is helpful and we all manage well in this techno world with our laptops, tablets, computers, and smart phones.  I didn’t realize how much time each day is spent on “our gadgets”. I have grown more and more dependent on all levels of social media due to school, work, and keeping connected with the rest of the world. The amount of writing, if all these social medias are included, are a part of most of my day.

Thanks,

Honey Stivers

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Collaborative Writing : A fictional restaurant website

I am taking an English course at the University of Cincinnati. I have to say that it is nothing like I expected it to be.  So far, I have enjoyed the class but this assignment, creating a fictional restaurant  website,  is way out of my comfort zone and honestly, it terrifies me.  I visited several sites about collaborative writing in online classes.  Each site had helpful information, but my uneasiness about the situation still remains.

In the real world, I work well with others and  I tend to be very easy to get along with.  I do tend to be one of those people that has a problem asking for help. I am not good at explaining things, but I can show you how to do it.   I have very little patience and I am somewhat of a control freak. I also procrastinate and have a crazy, busy schedule with work, family, and school.  I think that the group project in theory is a good idea, however, I’m just not real sure about how well the end results will be.  I fear that some will not contribute in a timely or efficient manner or that some will only perform their duties to a minimum. I don’t like depending on others to do a job.  I have never had to do any online group work and really don’t know what to expect but can only hope for the best outcome.

I am older than most in my class and I have my reservations about the technological side of our assignment.  I believe that it would be beneficial for our group to schedule live chat sessions at multiple times.  We also need to exchange numbers and emails so that spur of the moment questions can be answered or problems be averted.  Each person needs a checklist and needs to communicate openly with the rest of the group.  I also think that final drafts should be agreed upon by all members of the group before being submitted. There are multiple ways to make our tasks easier and I have listed some very helpful websites below.  My favorite site was http://www..facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/how-to-design-effective-online-group-work-activities/ because it explained how to be successful at group work and also listed several collaboration tools.  I also found a YouTube video that discussed the problems with implementing online group work and also offered alternatives.  I had hoped their would be more positive feedback out there to help calm my fears for this assignment but it seems that the majority of the public also have the same fears and issues.

Thanks,

Honey Stivers

Helpful & Insightful links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPsioH_ISyM

http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts.writing-groups/writing-group-starter-kit/.

http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/ATC/Collaboratory/Teaching/groupwork.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_5868411_work-groups-online-study.html

http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/how-to-design-effective-online-group-work-activities/

http://www.distance-education.org/Articles/Collaborating-Online–How-to-Get-the-Most-From-Group-Work–170.html

College-level Research

I’ve been asked to say what I think college-level research is.  What is the purpose of college-level research? What past projects have you completed that best exemplify this type of research?  For me those are tough questions.  I am not an education or English major.  I am a Medical Lab Scientist major and most of my “research” is quite different.  I think that research on a college level is overall trying to show people that you have to sometimes dig deeper.  It is not a form of punishment or a way to “waste” time.  The answers are not always clear cut and easy, just as life’s problems & answers aren’t either.  Research requires focus and perseverance.  The research conducted can now come from a multitude of sources.  The only other time I really had to write a true research paper was my senior year in high school.  I made an A on that paper.  It was way back in the day when we didn’t have internet and we had to go to the library and actually use the card catalog to find things. 

Let me also quickly say that “Google” is not research.  However, it can lead you to many sources of information.  The work that goes into actual research  can be stressful, time consuming, mind draining and lengthy.  Research requires time and effort.  It cannot be thrown together in a night or two.  Most good research involves several people and several different viewpoints, but you do have to give credit where credit is due.  When doing research, you have to have and list creditable sources.  You have to be knowledgeable about your research material and the basics of of grammar and correct form should already be known.  College research requires more “deep thought” process than your high school research paper. Thanks to the world wide web, most of this can be done without leaving your home.

Honey Stivers