The subject of statistical analysis did not have much appeal for me when I reviewed the activities for Module 5, but I was surprised by my interest in the sites and tools I reviewed in the process. Statistics in Sports (http://www.amstat.org) directs the user to professional journals and publications that seem to be a good resource for information beyond statistics. I also liked the free statistical software site as a resource to become familiar in working with statistical information.
In the 10 years since I graduated from high school, advances in technology have changed almost every area of life. Getting a job is no longer just a matter of filing out a paper application and showing up to an interview. An electronic presence is now mandatory and, fortunately, technologies such as LinkedIn, Facebook, personal web sites and professional portfolios make this possible. It occurs to me, though, that these same instant channels of communication and information place a new kind of pressure on their users. Since a person’s achievements and movements are instantly accessible through LinkedIn, for example, some may feel the constant pressure of having new achievements to post and report to the world.
I see LinkedIn as having started on a different level than Facebook in terms of intended audience/users. Facebook had the fairytale start of social networking among college kids. LinkedIn entered the market with a business pedigree, more of a business networking tool and has gained a lot of ground in the professional cyber world.
I am becoming more and more aware of the need for thoughtful editing and restraint when sharing information in any forum. In particular, though, special care should be given before listing personal information in a business or professional setting much as one would be careful about what they would do or say in a business office or workplace.
I found it interesting to read the Info Tech Advisor article describing blogs as "a new avenue of communication." It was a reminder of just how quickly technologies are being imbeded into our everyday lives as the article was written in 2006. This course has helped me appreciate the practicality of using new forms of communication, such as wikis, in my own professional pursuits and I will make it a point to pay attention to new technologies for application in the educational setting.