More Risk – More Reward

In this ongoing theme for the month of March regarding risk, today’s NaBloPoMo writing prompt is:

What is the riskiest thing you’ve ever done?  How did it turn out?

Again, these prompts overlap a bit, and I’ve already shared two other significant risks I’ve taken that I think could easily tie for “riskiest” —

*Great Risks, Great Rewards – about saving three small children (two of them my own) and myself from a horrible fiery death.

*When Risk Pays Off – about trying online dating and finding my hubby!

Another risk I decided to take was to pursue a long delayed dream of earning a doctoral degree. I had earned my Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Instructional Technology back in 2008, at the age of 50. I had begun to explore a career in instructional design and curriculum development, and really enjoyed it. I noticed many more opportunities often posted on job boards for those with doctoral degrees.

That triggered the motivation to research doctoral programs, specifically looking for one that had no residency requirements. I found Northcentral University (NCU) and chose the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in a dual concentration of Educational Technology and E-Learning, as this seemed most suited to my new career goals.

The risks involved taking on some additional major student loan debt, committing to the time necessary to study and complete assignments, continuing to do freelance work, and maintaining some free time for other pursuits, as well as personal time with hubby, family, and friends.

Now, 3 1/2 years later, I am in the dissertation phase of my program. I just started my second dissertation research course this week. My intended topic for my dissertation is expressed in this purpose statement:

The purpose of this qualitative study will be to examine whether more effective online course development focused on meaningful learning activities—paired with engaging, interactive, and innovative online delivery methods—will satisfy the needs of adult learners engaged in online education.

Since I’ve been involved in doctoral studies for my Ed.D. program, I have had more opportunities open up in this career field, and while I still have a couple years to go…I would say that this risk is worth it, as it continues to reap rewards.

How about you? Have you undertaken any risks that have been rewarding for you?

7 thoughts on “More Risk – More Reward”
  1. Interesting that your doctoral thesis is on distance education via on-line learning. I earned my J.D. via distance education at Concord Law School – a wholly on-line program. I successfully took and passed the CA bar exam; the most difficult bar exam in the nation. My career is in higher education and the current trend is faster, easier delivery systems. It seems that “on-line” is the way to go these days. Best wishes with your dissertation!
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  2. I am a Ph.D. student at NCU, so I’m really excited to see how far you have come in the process. I think risk is an important part of progress. A certain amount of risk is intrinsic in any decision making experience; however, the more risk we assume the greater the sense of accomplishment we can have at the success of the risk taking venture (whether its on line dating or gambling). We can control the odds by not taking questionable risk and stacking the deck, so to speak,in our favor.

    I love that you have taken the risks that you have. My cousin found her husband through an on line endeavor, and they are so happy. Our family is richer for having him in it. Keep taking calculated risks!
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