If you have been reading and following my blog posts this month – yay for post #14 on the 14th – you know I’ve been following the Ultimate Blog Challenge daily writing prompts.
Today’s idea was to review a book or movie, but since I haven’t had much time recently to read books or watch movies, I’m making a slight departure from that routine–and making this “Wordle Wednesday” as well as following the Women with Intention Wednesday linkup.
One of the recent popular trends to convey information in an image format is the infographic. With declining attention spans and the desire to scan information quickly, the infographic addresses both issues by presenting a variety of details in a visually pleasing format. The wordle may not legitimately be an infographic, but it does convert a block of text into a collage of words.
In this example above, I have taken a portion of text from the intro of my Concept Paper (initial draft preceding the dissertation) and entered it into the wordle online tool.
This is actually a revised version of some of that original text:
Educational research indicates adult students in the e-learning environment prefer significant learning experiences and engaging interactive lessons (Abdelaziz, 2013; Barrett, 2012). Adult online learners of the ages 25 and above do not want to simply read text or be passive recipients listening to lectures by instructors (Abdelaziz, 2013; Cercone, 2008; Wyatt, 2011). Instead, adult online learners prefer fulfilling learning objectives and meeting designated outcomes in their courses through active participation and a student-centered approach toward learning that would help them meet their academic goals as well as have real-world applications (Cercone, 2008; Dzubinski, Hentz, Davis, & Nicolaides, 2012).
I can’t really explain how or why the wordle tool selects, arranges, and emphasizes certain words over others, but it does create an interesting visual representation or “word cloud” of any section of text you enter.
My special message to women in this linkup (and any other adult learners, for that matter) is that it’s never too late to expand your horizons and learn something new. Not only that, but if you decide to pursue a degree that you may have put off while raising a family–chances are you will be a better student NOW than you were or would have been when you were younger.
For instance, I went to college the first time right after graduation, and attended while I was in the age range of 18 to 22. I was NOT a good student -just average, as I had a much better time socializing than studying.
I went BACK to school in my mid 40s; I earned my M.Ed. degree, with a 4.0 GPA, at the age of 50. Now, as I am fast approaching 60 (well, 57 in March), I am a doctoral candidate, still maintaining a 4.0 GPA, in my Ed.D. program. And at a time when many people begin anticipating retirement, I’m just now anticipating a new career that will hopefully serve me well into retirement, as I continue working from home.
My Questions for YOU, Dear Reader
Have you ever tried the wordle tool? Do you like infographics better than just reading text? Are you involved in higher education now or have you thought about going back to school?