Blue Marble University Review

I am delighted that I made the choice to attend Blue Marble University and am sure that this degree will help me to find a new job once I retire from teaching. The education that I engaged in will aid me in performing my current and future responsibilities.

I  just finished a personal review of my time as a doctorate student by going back through my private student portal and saving the information that was posted to all of my classes. Sure, as with any technology subject, some of my new skills will probably be obsolete in ten years (instructional technology is constantly changing), but I feel more confident in my ability to learn to use additional techniques, software, and hardware in my ever-expanding bag of tricks to help my current school and all future endeavors.

Is Blue Marble University for everyone? No, but anyone who is interested in expanding their skills or who has a general interest in innovative alternative education could benefit from investigating their offerings.

Click on this sentence for a more detailed discussion of my Doctor of Science in Instructional Technology at Blue Marble Discussion.

Review: D.Sc. Instructional Design and Technology

I am very pleased with my education at Blue Marble University. The lessons I learned will be helpful to my current career and may help me to begin a second career when I retire from teaching. I am delighted that my D.Sc. in Instructional Design and Technology has been evaluated as equivalent to a United States Ed.D. degree by one foreign transcript evaluation company and a D.Sc. by another company! I know people with Ph.D. degrees from prestigious brick-and-mortar United States universities who could not find work in their fields, so nothing is certain in life regardless of our choices, but I am happy that I took a chance on Blue Marble University.

This was a successful program and I am glad that I chose Blue Marble University! I previously earned master’s degrees from two different accredited United States universities and am working under two teaching certifications (special education and instructional technology). I chose a different path for my doctorate, knowing full well that it might not open as many doors as an accredited degree. I wanted a better balance between practical skills, theory, and personal research than I felt that I could get at typical American universities.

Thank you, Blue Marble University! I already use much of what I learned with the students and staff in my current job, and anything that helps me to be a better teacher and technology coordinator is a good thing.

I chose Blue Marble University’s Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Instructional Design and Technology program after having been accepted into three well-respected (including one quite prestigious) post-graduate (master’s degree required) programs in fully accredited United States universities; I had to drop out of each of these programs because of now-resolved issues that needed my time and full attention. Instead of returning to one of my previous universities, I weighed all of my options and chose Blue Marble University. It wasn’t that I disliked the other programs; I just felt that Blue Marble University could also help me to achieve my personal and professional goals. I particularly enjoyed the larger number of project-based courses. The less expensive tuition was a very nice bonus! As I told one of my bosses, I liked Blue Marble University’s balance between theory, advanced practical skills, and research.

If knowledge and practical skills are what you are after, you can learn them at Blue Marble University. Blue Marble University will not be for everyone. Some jobs and further study opportunities require degrees from accredited universities. My original idea was to go to a U.S. university then become a college professor, but I know too many out-of-work professors. I decided to take a different path. The fact is that I love teaching, and once I decided not to become a professor, I could explore options that better suited my interests. Sure, I sincerely hope that my degree will help me to find work after I retire from teaching, but I am aware that there are no guarantees in life. For the present, I am very pleased with Blue Marble University and the education that I received.

I am extremely happy with my doctorate program at Blue Marble University. One transcript evaluation clearly states: “JEANNE ELIZABETH STORK holds the U.S. equivalent of a DOCTOR OF EDUCATION IN INSTRUCTIONAL SYSTEM DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY awarded by Regionally Accredited Universities in the United States.” Another transcript evaluation states: “Jeanne Elizabeth Stork has satisfied the requirements to attain the equivalent of a Doctor of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States.” There are foreign degree and transcript evaluators that will give you positive results when evaluating degrees and transcripts from Blue Marble University, but you might have to try more than one (or you might have success the first time). Some companies will evaluate the degree as equivalent to a doctorate from an unaccredited U.S. university and one company actually told me that they will return my money because they only evaluate degrees and transcripts from universities that are accredited by the education departments of the countries in which they are located. Some employers and schools only accept evaluations from their own list of pre-approved foreign transcript evaluation companies. Maybe soon more evaluators will see the benefits of alternative educational paths; that would be nice.

I am pleased with my decision and encourage anyone who is considering innovative alternative education to look into Blue Marble University’s Doctor of Science in Instructional Design and Technology. I am also aware that this doctorate may not meet the needs of everyone who is looking for a doctorate program depending on the requirements of current and future employers. Many employers will accept the foreign transcript evaluators who provided me with positive evaluations. Where I work, I will not get a raise for having a doctorate degree, so it was not important for me to attend a United States accredited university. As I began this discussion, there are no guarantees in life even for graduates of accredited United States brick-and-mortar universities, but I feel prepared for whatever the future may bring.

Research Methodology Part A

This is Jeanne Stork’s paper for the Research Methodology Part A course. I discussed referencing formats and the scientific process. The reference section of this paper contains links many helpful resources about the Americal Psychological Association (APA) formatting style.

The final section, just before the references, refers to an article published on the web. Click on the article’s title to read the article. Education and Dementia in the Context of the Cognitive Reserve Hypothesis: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analyses and Qualitative Analyses

Website Administrator

I  have been the calendar editor for an environmental organization for the past year, but my responsibilities have grown! As of July 8, 2018, I am now in charge of making additional modifications as they become necessary. I am not the “owner” of the website, so there are some changes that I cannot make because my administrator credentials do not cover everything, but I have access to most of the pages and content. I am eager to help New York City Friends of Clearwater whenever the board members or officers want my help. I do not develop content, rather I take content that the other members have developed, edit it into a web-friendly format, and post it online to their website. I also edit pages when requested to do so by the officers. This is an exciting new step for me and gives me a chance to learn a different form of web development.I do not have the time to be a fully active volunteer, but I have been told that this small volunteer effort is very helpful to the organization and its members.

http://nycfriendsofclearwater.org New York City Friends of Clearwater is a small environmental organization that is affiliated with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. It is not affiliated or aligned with any political party or group. Although I have been a member, a board member, and held all of the officer positions at various times in the past;  I do not have the time to be a fully active volunteer. I have been told that this small volunteer effort is very helpful to the organization and its members.  I will be putting up more current information and making additional enhancements throughout the next year.

I have also offered to take over my school’s website as part of my technology liaison (technology coordinator) duties, but I have not heard back from the school’s principal.  Our current web developer is extremely capable but very busy so I have offered to help. Quite frankly, I sincerely hope that I am able to take on this task. I have used Microsoft’s now retired FrontPage,  the obsolete Netscape Navigator, an earlier version of Adobe’s Dreamweaver, and what used to be Verizon’s web-building interface. WordPress is my only current web development tool. It is past time that I learn more about additional web design software and online site that are in use in 2018 and beyond. This will add to my abilities to serve my school in my technology liaison position and improve my knowledge for the future.

Blue Marble University Highlights My Video

I am pleased to announce that Blue Marble University included my video review of some virtual reality goggles in their Educational Technology degree webpage. Click on Educational Technology then scroll down to the bottom of the page. A special thank you goes out to my professors who think so highly of my work! The video may be replaced in the future, as the instructional technology field changes and expands very rapidly, but it is nice to know that my video is currently being featured.

The entire virtual reality project, including the video review, is on my Virtual Reality Exploration page.

Virtual Worlds One

I have recently studied several tools that can be used to include virtual worlds in instruction. Google VR, Alice, and the former Heritage Key’s King Tut’s Tomb are all included in this paper.

Crystal Fjord University: Demonstration Website

I developed a demonstration website for a demonstration university of my own creation. It shows how WordPress can be effectively used by colleges for everything from admitting students to providing instruction. I also have a Discussion menu item for anyone who wants to learn more about the process that I used in making this site. Click on the picture below to look at my Crystal Fjord University demonstration website.click on this picture to go to the Crystal Fjord University website. The picture shows a portion of the landing page, including a river cutting through mountains fjord style.
If you need it, the direct link is https://crystalfjord.university.