Discussion Forum: Introduce Yourself
I am Marti Hatch and after 20 years of being a pastor in the NCAC I was truly tired of being a jack of all trades and master of none. With the discernment help of mentors and colleagues and prodded by what we thought was a long term degenerative diagnosis of my mom, I realized my true "major" in ministry was counseling. Since the state of NC has changed licensing requirements so much in the last 3 decades since I was in school, I started working on my masters in counseling at WFU in 2014. 5 week ago I finally finished the degree and became a nationally certified counselor. I am now wondering what's next and working toward my provisional license in the state of NC. I cannot believe I am taking another class so soon or that it is on a platform I have never used - what in the world is a MOODLE?!
During my training, the GBOD had a health ministry in Texas they invited all interested parties to attend. When I asked if that included mental health they said "yes, come on!" So I did and my journey with accessibility and awareness and health ministry began.
I hope to learn more about disabilities and gather a systematic approach from this class and to be better equipped for speaking out about these issues for the conference as well as find ways that we can gather our varied experience to share with others. I see all of this as an issue of hospitality and a crucial part of our calling.
Welcome, Marti! I'm glad you're still willing to take classes and learn, even this new wild world of online classes using Moodle (which is simply the name of the software that the class is built in). If you have any difficulty finding your way through, just let me know.
I'm laughing about the MOODLE. :)
Reason being is that when I went back to school for an M.A. at NC State, they were also using Moodle for a lot of the classes there, but what was confusing for me is that the Moodle also goes through a system called WolfWare (and there was also an online Portal for the entire school with administrative forms and transcripts and such that was all connected in), and when you log into one, you are also logged into the other, so I would keep seeing WolfWare and then people were talking about this Moodle thing and I would be confused as to what they were talking about. Eventually, I got it sorted though! (Thinking about it, I'm still not sure I have it all sorted out as to what's what, but I did learn how to access everything at least, whatever label it was called at that moment!)
My previous online experiences was through a similar system called Blackboard, so Moodle was completely new at the time!
Mine were SAKAI - which I pronounce Sake - cause it made me want to drink and WINWFU!
Old Dog - New Tricks!