The past few weeks I have been thinking about my major project for EC&I 831. I have decided to go with Option B: Based on the idea that individuals are now more able to learn and share online, you will choose something significant that you would like to learn, and you will share your progress openly in an online space. The ‘something’ might be an instrument, a language, a sport or almost anything that requires more than a few hours of effort.
But the thing I am terrible at is deciding what the “something” is that I should learn about. So, I decided to use Instagram to get some help:
Here are the (unfiltered!) responses I received:
I learned something: I should have been way more specific with how I worded my initial question. I shouldn’t have said I need “something to learn about” but rather I need to “learn to do something” AND I also shouldn’t have said “it can literally be anything”. Some people took that way too literally. As you can see, the credible and feasible suggestions are limited in number.
Here’s what I’m thinking.
Option #1: I LOVE photography. I am obsessed. I have taken two photography classes so I know a bit about photography and I am really interested in post-processing programs (I use Lightroom and Photoshop). But here’s the thing. I’m not confident in photographing or post-processing. Sometimes I take cool pictures (IMO) and sometimes I can’t figure out the settings to take the picture I want.
So, I could spend my learning project working on improving my photography skills. Here are some ways I can do this:
- In-depth review of the print material from my photography classes.I haven’t spent any time looking at this and I think it would really help. This review, coupled with the practice that would go along with it, would take a considerable number of hours.
- Take another photography workshop like this one with Ali Lauren Photography based in Regina and Lumsden.
- Explore the DSLR Manual Mode video tutorials (shown in above Insta DM photo) offered by a photographer friend (we used to work together during my undergrad).
- Connect with other photographers via social media platforms such as Instagram or VSCO.
- Explore YouTube tutorials on photography and Lightroom.
Now for something COMPLETELY different….
Option #2: Become a birth doula. I have been obsessed with all things pregnancy, birth and beyond for a number of years and getting to experience it all with the arrival of my daughter earlier this spring has further solidified my passion for this area of study. AND I have wanted to become a doula for a long time! I used to want to be an obstetrician or labour and delivery nurse!
Women’s health as it relates to pregnancy, birth and beyond is an under-researched and under-represented field (Garbes, A., 2018, Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy). You can also check out this article about how gender bias has skewed biomedical knowledge if you are interested in this topic. The reason I bring this up is because during my pregnancy, I was constantly searching for information online and most often was met with minimal, vague or ambiguous results for the questions I had. In becoming a doula and educating myself further about the topics indicated above, I can be a support person others.
Here are some ways I can do this:
- Take a birth doula training workshop on Nov. 15-17 (18 hours) through Birth Ways International. This 18 hours does not include working through the pre-workshop material. The topics of this workshop include:
- Read/view and review books, blogs and other media related to doulas, pregnancy, birth, postpartum.
- Connect with other doulas and pregnancy, birth and other related professionals through social media.
- Interview doulas in Regina or on social media to learn more about the doula role/experience.
For both options, I would create an Instagram account to document my learning in addition to blogging about my learning project.
Things to Consider:
- Photography is the less expensive of my two options. I have all the “stuff” already wheres doula training costs $495. But…I will eventually do the doula training anyway so I’m going to spend the money at some point.
- The majority of the doula training will take place on one weekend with learning via books and other media platforms taking place weekly in order for me to blog / post on Instagram about. Does it matter that a major part of the project will take place on one weekend? I’m not sure..
This is the extent of my thinking so far…I welcome your feedback on one or both of my options!