I’m entering my second week of online graduate school and it’s been quite the experience getting back into the academic world. For those just joining us, I’m pursuing a Masters Degree in User Experience Design through Kent State.
So far, all is going very well. However, as I mentioned in my last post, a lot has changed since I completed my undergraduate degrees at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, over 17 years ago.
When I was in college then, the Internet was just emerging. I actually used the text browser Lynx to surf the web, since I couldn’t get any of the visual browsers of the day (Mosaic and Netscape, specifically) to work on my Mac. Now, everything I’m doing for this program is online, for a school 460 miles away.
It’s not like I’m some technology neophyte. I’ve obviously been in the tech industry my entire career. I was immediately comfortable using Blackboard to access course materials. Everything is just a whole lot different, and it’s a fascinating, kind of fun experience.
My tools of choice thus far: