Stephanie Timpe's Portfolio Page
My name is Stephanie Timpe. As of Fall 2022, this is my first semester at UAlbany and with the CDIT program. I am a SUNY Oswego '21 alumni. I studied Adolescent Education with a double major in English and a minor in creative writing. Over the summer, I worked for BOCES as a counselor for the Summer Fun program.
My Topic and Purpose
Procrastination is a significant thorn in some people's sides. In recent years, educators and students have turned to online learning, which has only amplified the feeling of procrastinating. I know it has for me. This mini-course aims to recognize how and why procrastination affects people, and how they can combat procrastination during online learning. The goal is to help people, both educators, and students alike, in creating a less procrastinated society.
Scope of Learning Outcomes and Content
- Learners will be able to articulate what procrastination is and why people procrastinate.
- Learners will be able to identify and interpret strategies that will be useful to end procrastination.
- Learners will be able to compose a plan of action and implement useful strategies that will help combat procrastination.
The Instructional Problem:
When it comes to assignments and activities, in the academic world or job world, online or in-person, some people procrastinate. There are multiple reasons why a person could procrastinate, according to Kachgal (2001):
- Lack of motivation
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Poor time management and organizational skills.
Some people don’t recognize the causes of procrastination or what specifically helps them procrastinate, because it isn’t laziness (McLean Hospital, 2022). Procrastination can be drastic enough to affect a person’s everyday life and health-related problems (Grunschel, Fries, Schwinger, and Steinmayr, 2016).
What Will Be Learned:
In this course, learners will be coming to an understanding of the causes of procrastination and how to prevent them. In doing so, they will reflect on how procrastination affects them personally. The excuses a learner makes to procrastinate comes from their attitude about the tasks or activities they are assigned to complete. So, they will continue to learn strategies and create a specific plan, that centers around their struggles, to assist them in combating their procrastination. Learners will be exposed to how to end bad habits and begin a cycle of a mentally healthier lifestyle.
Analysis of the Learner and Context
Analysis of Learners:
The people who benefit from this course are those who consider themselves to be procrastinators and those who exhibit procrastinating qualities, such as having to complete an unpleasant task, low self-esteem, or the need for perfectionism. The course is also for those who believe they might be procrastinators but are unsure and searching for answers. The end goal for the learner should be that they are seeking a way to recognize and change their habits. The mini-course is designed to benefit any type of learner, student or educator.
Context For Learning:
This course is for any learner or participant to do this asynchronously. This course is for people to take the time to reflect on themselves. There will be three units within the course, the first one will help learners understand procrastination and if they fall under the category, the second will look over different strategies of how to overcome procrastination and which ones work best for the learner, and the third is to create a plan to implement those strategies. Learners who complete this course will use their knowledge to figure out the ways to motivate themselves to complete their work for when they are struggling.
After this course, learners will able to:
- Monitor the causes and problems of their own procrastination from the new knowledge presented to them.
- Appraise insight on the signs of procrastination within themselves during online learning and other work environments.
- Implement a plan to eliminate procrastination that caters to their needs.
Prerequisites for the mini-course:
- Leaners should approach the mini-course with a motivation and willingness to change and grow from their procrastination habits.
- Learners should know how to use a KWL chart.
- Explanation of how procrastination affects themself.
- Perform how to implement useful tools to keep from procrastinating.
- Grasp what procrastination is.
- Fathom how procrastination affects a person.
- Open to understanding faults.
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Link to Mini-Course
References and Resources
Grunschel, C., & Fries, S., & Schwinger, M., & Steinmayr, R. (2016). Effects of using motivational regulation strategies on students' academic procrastination, academic performance, and well-being. Learning and Individual Differences, 49, pp. 162-170. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lindif.2016.06.008
Kachgal, M. M., & Hansen, L. S., & Nutter, K. J. (2001). Academic procrastination prevention/intervention: Strategies and recommendations. .Journal of Development Education, 25(1), p. 14.
McLean Hospital. (2022). Why You Put Things Off Until the Last Minute. McLean Hospital. https://www.mcleanhospital.org/essential/procrastination#:~:text=According%20to%20a%202014%20study,and%20risks%20to%20mental%20health.