Today I have completed my CMALT portfolio … a whole day before the deadline I set myself. Technically speaking I still have to find and scan/upload a copy of my MA certificate and I’m awaiting a promised testimonial from an academic colleague as a piece of evidence but apart from that it is done. I have emailed a link to my CMALT mentor and also bragged about it to a Twitter colleague so I hope I haven’t made any glaring omissions! Unless any feedback suggests a major re-write I plan to submit asap.
Thrilled, proud and relieved to finally have it done.
I will now be having a cup of tea and a jaffa cake to celebrate 🙂
Back to work today … and back to work on that CMALT portfolio too. My new years resolution should probably be to take a proper lunch break and eat well and yet I find myself blogging over a chicken salad sandwich and a packet of hoola hoops.
Well, while the first draft of the CMALT portfolio wasn’t quite complete by my ambitious Christmas deadline I did make big strides on it. Most of the sections now have notes on what they will eventually contain and the evidence I might use and I think that is half the battle. Now I just have to make it coherent!
I have a mid-term appraisal due around the middle of January and I really want my portfolio to be as good as complete by that time – so there’s my new deadline. If I do a little bit every day I think it’s definitely achievable too.
On the non-CMALT front there is some exciting work to be done on converting some of our masters programmes for distance learning delivery and the MMU is heavily involved in re-purposing some of the existing content for online learners. We’ll be busy doing that for most of the first quarter of 2013 as well as working on some multimedia content for the Masters in Mental Health which has it’s first run starting towards the end of this month.
Now to do a few minutes note-making on my “working with others” portfolio section over a satsuma then back to the day job!
This website and blog marks my return to work from Maternity Leave after having my beautiful daughter Lily in May 2012. I love being a Mommy and I also enjoy my day job as a Multimedia Developer who specialises in E-Learning. Returning to work after having a baby is difficult. Logistically there is the getting-you-and-baby-out-of-the-house-on-time-and-not-forgetting-anything to get used to. Emotionally you have going-out-and-leaving-baby-with-nanny-and-grandad-for-the-whole-day to deal with. Then there are the feelings of can-I-still-remember-how-to-do-my-job-after-seven-months-at-home?
While it’s still not easy to smile and wave as my Husband and I leave Lily with my parents every morning (not always on time, and usually forgetting something e.g. a pair of tiny socks), when I eventually arrive at the office it turns out I can, thankfully, remember how to do my job quite well. And after the first few weeks it feels almost as if I have never been away. There are some exciting projects in progress, some of which may feature here as the weeks go by, and I am really excited to see how they turn out.
So now, I dare to think about my own professional development and future … and there is a plan. Not one to be content to stand still for long I have re-kindled my work on my CMALT Portfolio which was previously put on hold when the morning sickness kicked in last September. This blog will sit on my website alongside the portfolio I will eventually submit for for validation as a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology. In the short term “The Plan” involves getting a draft of the competencies based portfolio ready by Christmas. That gives me 6 working days plus one weekend. Ambitious? Perhaps, but who said having a plan was easy?