Caroline’s Journey: Week 8

This is the end (but it’s only just the beginning) Week 8




I can list all the topics we covered in this course. I can describe to you all the debates and U-turns taken in terms of understanding self, community [...]

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Caroline’s Journey: Week 7

(week7) Leadership

I am not a leader. I am not a follower. I am actually an observer. I like to observe leaders and wonder at their ability to inspire, to encourage, to promote. I watch with interest the followers who magically transform in to leaders themselves through the very act [...]

Caroline Healy
January 31, 2017

Caroline’s Journey: Week 6

Come Unite (week 6)

‘I’m part of the L.G.B.T. community. ‘

‘I’m part of the Irish American community.’

‘I’m part of the business community.’

‘I’m part of the knit and knatter community.’


There are all sorts of communities. Sometimes when we think of community we think of active participation; seeking out a group, [...]

Caroline Healy
January 24, 2017
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Caroline’s Journey: Week 5

Wiki Wondering

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a publicly editable encyclopaedia?

Two men had that very thought. On 15th January 2001 Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger set up an online encyclopaedia that can be edited by anyone. The website was called Wikipedia and it is the largest and most popular general reference work on the internet.

The invention of this website is now part of our everyday lexicon.

‘I’ll just wiki that.’ (I will look up that [...]

Caroline Healy
January 19, 2017

Caroline’s Journey: Week 4

Mad Hatter Strikes.

Multi-tasking is a great ability to have. Slice of toast with jam in one hand, mug of scald (tea) balanced on the arm rest of the chair. Two stacks of completed paperwork next to the chair, important pile and very important pile ready to be filed. I am cooking off my Christmas pudding (totally organised this year…very unusual for me), one eye on the oven, the other cold staring the growing stack of dishes in the [...]

Caroline Healy
December 22, 2016

Caroline’s Journey: Week 3


Homework is defined as schoolwork a pupil is required to carry out at home. In my mind homework is synonymous with the theme tune to Glenroe and calls up memories of procrastination and general dragging of feet.

After all, who in their right mind actually volunteers to do homework?

For Community Leadership I find that my class room is my home and that is where all the work happens. However in the comfort of my own home I am beginning to [...]

Caroline Healy
December 15, 2016

Caroline’s Journey: Week 2

Technology: To Boldly Go

Cont. Alt. Delete.

Cont. Alt. Delete.

If things go badly wrong, you can always cont, alt, delete.

I live on a small island off the west coast of Ireland. There are two of us enrolled to complete Community Leadership and the first evening we sit together in my office gazing at the computer screen, willing the Blackboard Collaborator programme to work.

Follow steps one to five. We have meticulously followed all the steps.

Check the sound and speaker system. Yes. We [...]

Caroline Healy
December 9, 2016

Caroline’s Journey: Week 1

Community Leadership? Yes, yes of course I would be interested in doing a course in this area.

My name is Caroline, I work in community development and I have an addiction; I am addicted to learning. So when my friend and colleague suggested I enrol in an online learning course with An Cosán Virtual Community College  in Community Leadership I did so willingly. Without much forward thinking.  Online learning is easy… right?

What is it to learn online, to partake remotely [...]

Caroline Healy
November 28, 2016