Going Back to School

I’ve wanted to get an advanced degree for as long as I can remember. First, it was a law degree (kinda let myself get talked out of it), then an MBA. When we moved back to Brookings, knowing that SDSU doesn’t have a business school/MBA program, I went back to the drawing board as there isn’t much that SDSU offers that is of interest to me or my career path (we have GREAT engineering & ag programs. Wait, maybe there is some connection between Ag & HR … ) I did check out the Industrial Psychology program, but as their program is full time and I wouldn’t be able to keep working, I decided to keep looking.

Then one of my Twitter HR friends reached out to me with information about a program she is teaches. Mitchell Hamline School of Law has started an HR Compliance Certificate program. And because Kate knows I agree that #ComplianceIsSexy, she offered me the opportunity to be a part of their first class.

The program is 12 weeks long; it is an online, asynchronous, blended learning program. All lectures are recorded. As a student, I go online on my schedule to listen to a lecture, download reading materials, take tests & quizzes and interact with other students via the discussion board. We started Feb 20 and I just wrapped up course 1, Human Resources Compliance & Risk Management. I feel like I fell a little behind as I spent quite a bit of time last week focused on my DisruptHR talk, but I’m confident I can catch up.

There is only one deadline in the course: May 21. This is good and bad. It’s nice as it allows me to work at my own pace and if something else needs to take priority, it can. On the other side, a procrastinator like me? Well, I think I’m going to take a good look at the calendar and create my own deadlines. I want to keep up with the discussions so I can get in on some of the give & take. When everyone’s at a different place, it can be difficult to get good feedback on your posts to be sure you’re on the right track.

I want to learn from the other students and get to know them. It is key to getting more out of the program. I’ve been able to check the discussion board a couple of times each week – I’m fortunate my boss is really big on professional education! But again, this is harder to do when everyone is at a different point. I’m hoping I’ll be able to continue to remember to go back to the older lessons and see what others have added to the discussion.

I enjoyed the first course. I loved reading the case study, other students’ posts, the lectures, reading material, all of it really! It’s nice to see what I already know and pick up a few things along the way.

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