AIL 605 has not been difficult at all since designing multimedia is what I do for a living! Don't get me wrong, it's still been challenging and kept me quite busy. But I think most of the "stress" of it comes from my own perfectionism. Since it's "what I do", I believe the work I submit should be exemplary. At some point, though, I have to just stop perfecting and move on. As the assignments increase in difficulty, I'm sure I'll be even more challenged.
Week after next is Spring Break (March 16-20). I hope to spend much of the time working on course work and getting ahead of things. The following week I leave for a conference, Learning Solutions by the eLearning Guild, in Orlando, Florida. It appears to be very similar to DevLearn which I have attended three times. This conference, however, seems to be a bit more focused on instructional design and education and not as deeply focused on the tools. It's been a challenge to narrow the selection of sessions.
When the conference ends on Friday, my husband and I will move to a Disney resort and spend a few days visiting with Mickey and Minnie and then one day sorcering with Harry Potter at Universal Studios! I can't express how excited I am about this trip! BUT I'm also stressing hoping I can juggle play time and course work time! We have a lot of online discussions to participate in while I'm at the conference. My goal is to have it all done by Friday so I can relax and have fun in the happiest place on earth!
It's still too early in my Ph.D. journey to know what my destination looks like. But I do know that with each class, each assignment, each discussion, each article read, I am further convinced that I'm on the right road. My current job at UA may change. It may "become" something more. Or new doors may open and I change positions entirely. Whatever happens, I'm getting prepared! I want to be ready; confident in myself and my education. I want to be ready to take on bigger and better things!