Finding a supportive community
October 01 2010
Kona Bryson (MDE 2009) has applied the knowledge from her master of distance education degree as an educator working in northern Saskatchewan with both high school students and adult learners.
"I selected AU because it was respected and flexible and because of empowerment. For the first time my formal education was my own. I was responsible and accountable for it. I looked for the answers to my own questions and I found them. I stayed with AU because the faculty, staff and my fellow online students were understanding, personable and generously shared their experiences. I was treated as a valuable contributor to the courses I was enrolled in. Whenever I felt inadequate it seemed I was quickly given guidance, feedback and practice, which provided opportunities for mastery and competence. I am grateful to my fellow students who generously shared their knowledge and experience with me during this educational journey. They motivated and inspired me to keep going when I felt exhausted, isolated and atypical. Their humanness was the essence of this program for me.
"Staying with AU was one of the best decisions I ever made. I continue to work at www.edcentre.ca online school, and this position allows me to assist in creating more opportunities in northern distance education. Professionally, having my master's has increased my job security, knowledge, skills and confidence. It has also been an invaluable experience as my empathy towards my students and colleagues has also grown and continues to expand.
"Personally, my MDE has given me a calm and confident self-assurance. I am very proud of my accomplishment and encourage all my students to set their goals and work towards them in small increments. If I could do it, I know they can do it."