I think that there is a place for both a personal web site and a LinkedIn page. I see a personal website as something that would be a good fit for someone who works independently or is the sole owner of a company. LinkedIn, on the other hand, appears to be better for professionals who are looking to work and connect with other people within companies. I could be totally wrong about this, and someone who works for LinkedIn may be gasping at my perceptions but this is how I see the site for now. I am new to the experience of a personal web site, but have had a LinkedIn page for several years. My experience with LinkedIn has been positive so far. A few years ago, I applied for a position that I was very interested in, but didn’t quite have all of the qualifications for. Within hours of submitting my online resume, the person in charge of the hiring process had viewed my profile (one of the nice things about LinkedIn in my opinion). I was thankful that I had the profile and that it looked professional and was up to date. I was never contacted about the position but I felt that overall it was a good lesson to me that having a LinkedIn page was important, as potential employers will look for you! I wonder what will happen in the future with my personal web site?
A personal website is a good place to put a lot of information about yourself while being able to individualize the look and layout. A personal web site can reach a specific audience or a broad one depending on the discussed topics and scope of outreach to potential viewers. This format also allows you to be accessible to any person with internet access, as you will likely not limit individuals based on a subscription or membership to your page. A LinkedIn page is a little more specific as it seems to be more profession based and is ‘Linked’ to your professional background, experience, and goals. There is a format of being able to share articles and information but the ability to individualize is a little less. LinkedIn is also slightly restrictive, as you may not reach as wide of an audience as not everyone may have a LinkedIn account.
One of the assignments for this module was to investigate and create an online survey. I've done this in the past for a few other things - both school and personal and have always used SurveyMonkey. I like the format, think it is easy to use, and love that I can make free short surveys when I need to. Here is a link to a quick survey for my classmates on Ankle Taping!
The weebly website creator also allowed me to create a poll so I wanted to include this as well to show another option for creating an online survey.
When I was going through my first undergraduate degree there was only a couple of options available for how to run statistics (and I know...I'm not that old). You could do it the long way, with a lot of crazy numbers and formulas, or use a basic computer program called SPSS that would do the heavy lifting work for you. Although statistics and math in general is not a strong subject for me, I did really enjoy it. Statistical analysis is kind of like problem solving for me, and the best part, is that you get your answer. Statistical analysis basically lets you know if something is to be considered significant or not, and by how much so.
I enjoyed having the opportunity to see that there are so many options out there now to assist with this kind of work. David Lane provides a significant list of free software that is available for various types of statistical analysis problems (http://davidmlane.com/hyperstat/Statistical_analyses.html). The list also breaks down the software choices into groupings based on the type of output you may be looking for. The Lane site is not the only site that provides this type of information but I felt it was easy to navigate and very user friendly.
Statistical Analysis is very important to the field of Athletic Training, especially with the recent requirements for a portion of CEU's to be from Evidence Based Practices (EBP). Statistics are what prove that these practices are relevant and helpful to our field and overall to the athletes and patients we treat on a daily basis. I don't foresee myself being directly involved in research in the near future, but I can't say never. If I do find myself involved in a research project in the future, at least I know how to find the necessary tools to help me!
Creating a visual resume was a requirement for this module. I choose to include it in the tab where I list my various work experience as I felt it was a more important location. In the past I have maintained a resume as a part of my LinkedIn profile. I recently created a new visual resume, importing the information from LinkedIn, using the website Resume Baking. This website allowed me to create a visual resume online, as well as a PDF of that resume that I could post on my site. I have included a link to the resume and a downloadable PDF to the right hand side of the work experience page/tab.