― Ayi Kwei Armah,
― Ayi Kwei Armah,
College is expensive and tremendously time consuming. I’m still paying back student loans from my Bachelors degree and at this point in the game who has time to work and go to school? Loans are forever on your back like a prison number so why would I want to continually go into debt when my skills continue to grow from experience and self learning?
A micro-masters might be the way to go.
Currently, I’m exploring the EdX micro-master series because I prefer their interface and instructional flow. It can be static learning for some if you don’t immerse yourself into the content to use for practical usage and reflection.
I say 20% due to the fact you may want your efforts recognized at work. The best thing that will come out of it is new tools to re-imagine your life and work.
edX MicroMasters has a great array of top knotch universities to choose from for Free Learning or affordable paid credential:
WHO can beat the price of $1045-$1200 for a credential that also is equivalent to 8-12 credit hours towards a masters degree!! Education is changing and learning is at the center point! I’m willing to experiment, learn, apply, and it’s worth every bit of no debt! Are you? Love to hear your thoughts.
*NOTE: There’s various educational and learning models to think about when approaching learning. No path is a requirement towards success. Success is solely defined by the individual learner. Be mindful, humble, open, strategic, and compassionate to yourself on your learning journey.*
Currently reviewing MS degrees that will get me to the finish line inexpensively! #lifelonglearner
Resources and thoughts to think about:
between the threads
you dish out
how you were lead
how you were shaped to be
through warped ideas
of exclusive dominance
as you continuously
chok… the… fuck
out of all the creativity
out of learning
What’s your intent?
Where’s your nobility
in nuturing minds
to the passion and desire of
shaping better people
for the greater good…
to create a better existence
yet what I feel, look, see, and touch
are hidden touch points
of bias viewpoints
of top down culture
focusing on subsets, subcultures, subprofit, subdominance
of all thoughts
as a detour
the supremacy of nineteen hundred year old thinking…
silos of shame
who can I blame
and non ethical lenses
what are you running from higher ed?
what cards are being played?
while you’re marginalizing
as a disable person
as a veteran
as an immigrant
as a woman
a black woman
of new thinking
what happened to those 21st skills sets you wish to teach and bring forth
through experietial learning
What happened to that entrepreneurial mindset that you wish all your students to seek
as I am here
you exist in fear
So when I say who I am
you then tell me what I can’t be
between the threads
the lines of the lies
marginalizing creative thought
photo credit: @mahanypery by @lucasmennezes for @maybellinenybrasil
Today was a day of tremendous information overload and processing. My attempt to move past this information overload is that I’m choosing to experience more than just taking information from the center to my peripheral view. Hell I live! I go out explore, interact, take chances, risks, give back thru service, travel, and I’m semi ok with the failing concept. See many within a dominant culture theory don’t understand the context of the word failure within the African american perspective. There’s a severe cognitive dissonance of expectation and learning when looking from this extreme lens. I, being a feminine spirit, that’s creative, and a black queen.. thrive in a world where everything is set up for me to fail (emergence theory). So when we talk about experimentation..hell I do that every single day I get up and come to work in an environment that’s not shaped within my cultural perspective of being a human being. Who I am, what I’m shaped from, and my intentions are all purposeful. Yet within the system, failure within work culture = I don’t get projects. So I have to be exceptional even if the powers of be don’t value what I bring. To be who I am and do what I do I have to be beyond exceptional on every accord.
So back to information overload…I experience life as a self care technique due to me being nerd chic within technology, an avid learning coupled with the creative gift of deep empathy. I can take on a lot from others if I’m not mindful of my intentions for the day. I can get easily distracted from the energy people bring to an experience. So I am very thoughtful (picky) about who I choose to engage in conversation. Call it how you choose. I live life as truthful as I possibly can so I’m being honest about avoidance. lol It’s real! It’s even noted as a contingency tactic when developing projects within Project Management Institute (PMI).
With that said, I create many beautiful things with people I don’t like. Crazy right..or is it? My main goal in life is always love and understanding. LOVE=LEARNING. LEARNING=LOVE. Learning can happen at anytime, anyplace, and with anyone. You never know what the universe may send as a messenger. So I grow through the lessons I receive through this journey.
Currently I’m working through a reflective process with my design partner, Emily. We’re attempting to wrap our minds around the first iteration of a immersive learning design experiment we just finished up in December. We also have two other teammates we see once a week Tina and Glenn. I love them as family. We’re an eclectic bunch I tell yah!!
So to wrap up my thoughts..my day went like this:
Then finally the best…attending a event at the Kellogg center for a Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor.
Critique of the day:
Still processing some stuff..oh well. Just finishing sending emails and scheduling meetings. My OCD bestie Octavia talks about my inbox every time she looks at my phone. Lawwdddd.. oh well I’m about to watch the New Edition mini series on BET to relax!!
Until next time.
P.S I LOVE my life. (smile) Still tired as hell though lol
I decided many moons ago within my soul to now only study and pursue African theory, literature, philosophy, and theology. From 15+ years of colonial education, indoctrination, and self deprivation, this feels right to my soul. Yet I won’t follow it under a prescribed curriculum. The curriculum of my learning hasn’t been created yet and if I choose one it will be something that will evoke change in our current systems.
While thinking loudly, I believe my sensibility and pedagogy on how I learn directly evolved from the theory and practice of engagement, questioning, unorthodox approaches, creativity, spirituality of choice outside theology yet within the history of its existence, and of intense immersion of love. Why wouldn’t I want to create something that has more fire than the sun? In the essence of what I share, I am who I am due to having the most loving mother that was ever created. Anyone who has been in her presence will say she is the most giving and nurturing person in the world. So in summary, she taught me love. As with many black people on the earth especially in america you mother is like your best friend in a particular way.
who I am right now, is a portrait within time, framed from a small black congregation of southern thought leaders who migrated up North due to job shifts to Muskegon, a small industrial town near the vibrant shores of lake Michigan. The water taught me fortitude persistence, quietness, and with direct intentions of every wave and thinking that comes out of me. I’m more than Greek mythology, English prose, Capitalism, imperialism etc.., and I am not ever losing sigt of love. My world hasn’t been without strife yet I persist within the bleeding lines of innovation, exuberant wisdom, and continuous insights.
I am the future and beyond.
I am learning in its authentic state.
I am more than the eye can see
I give of myself daily to high wave lengths of existence
I follow my passion and desires with intentionality.
I am strategic in every breath that I take
I am more than my breath can fill within the atmosphere of impurities
I create new universes within the realm of the living
I am a mother of new thinking
I am a facilitator of creative systems
I am love.
In its purest essence
and so forth love what it is….is my life journey and lesson.
This world is a matrix of paradoxes
Its old. it only seeks to recreate itself.
It is time, my people to love.
welcome to my narrative art.
THERE’S A CERTAIN TYPE OF LEARNER…
that loves to learn
that has high regards to their education
that values being in school
that wants to learn to get ahead in life
that believes in certain skills
that loves conformity
that loves standardization
that loves in-person learning
that can take an online course
that can take Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
then there’s learners who value their creativity
they have a deep passion in change
and what they do in life is directly tied into
they have an entrepreneurial spirit
they don’t wait for anyone’s permission to lead or create
they value exploration
they champion the underdog
they are artists, designers, innovators, activist, scientist, educators, or sociologists
yet they champion the idea that everyone can learn
everyone can be apart of the learning process
learning is a fundamental right of being human
gatekeepers no longer exist
learners decide what they become
their direction is born innately within themselves
educators are guides and facilitators
ecosystems are created through community building
The learners use what they learn to better society
this is the time of creation and innovation
we cannot transform what is and what was
into the future
with the same type of mind
referencing the same type of thinking
diversity becomes a verb, the sword to murder
all the old ways
personal bias is challenged
being empathetic is an asset
It takes a new mind
with a new teacher
with new tools
to shape a new world
So here’s my siren
frightened with what’s ahead
yet I’m here
creating movements …
The revolution begins with re-imagining our education
The system is dead
Welcome to the new learning revolution