Accountability is A-Okay!

goalHave you ever set a goal for yourself– learn something new, exercise more, eat better– then fail? We’ve all been there. I have the problem of creating a long “wish list” of things to learn. But then I have trouble starting the learning the process. What’s the idiom? Starting is half the battle? That’s me in a nutshell.

I was lucky enough to be approached by a former student who asked for suggested resources and guides to learn a computer software that just happened to be on my wish list.

After a short twitter conversation, we decided to be “study buddies”, compiling lists of resources and helping each other through tutorials for Adobe Captivate.

Since we live in different cities (he’s in NY, I’m in LA), we’re using Google Drive to track our progress and share notes and tips. We created a list of resources and then chose a book and video tutorials to read through. We’ve created a timeline in Google Spreadsheet to schedule out when to complete each book chapter. We each contribute and share tips on a Google Document. We each have a separate font color to distinguish our notes from the others text.

So far, our communication has been asynchronous, but if we needed to talk “live”, I’m sure we’d call each other or use a chat or video chat client to discuss our Captivate issues.

It’s going well so far, I’m more encouraged to open up Captivate when I get home from work because I know Jonathan is relying on me. With this, I feel accountable to completing my goal. In similar ways, this is why people join group exercise programs or enroll in classes and seminars– so they have someone to report their progress to.



About Julie Tausend Burba

Instructional Designer at Hulu, Ed Tech and Project Management enthusiast. MBA Technology Management, MS Management, BS Communications, Traveler and Cook.

Posted on November 29, 2013, in Management, Tausend Talks Shop, Teaching Tools and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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