Skills I learned this term

December 8, 2008

As a typical college student use to societies technologies, software, and electronics, I had my mind set telling me that I knew all there was about internet and software skills needed to make basic progress. Well, obviously I was mistaken largely. After just a few weeks of being enrolled in WS-320 and going through the syllabus rules of learning new technology, I became wide eyed and bushy tailed with the amount of skills I had yet to retain. With the amount of time I spend online and the time I have put in using numerous softwares, I figured it would have all come to me by now, but I was wrong.

First and for most I was surprised with the amount of tedious web building skills that I gained in just a short amount of time. Learning to add images through a website host, link in web address’, as well as create a personal web page and blogs are just a few of the educational skills I learned that will help me in the future. In todays career field knowing how to use these skills and understanding the in-depth pieces involved in software and technology will put me so far ahead of the field with a resume full of technology achievements.

Lastly, to be honest I have also learned how to manager my time properly due to this being an online class. I have taken online classes in the future, but this one in particular has set my priorities list up for success in the winter term. Time limits, due dates, as well as the amount of diverse projects in the class have really helped me learn how to keep myself on the ball and not let the little things build up behind me. So, I would say that overall this class and term has taught me a huge amount of positive influences and skills that will not only benefit me next term, but in my future career.

Brett Neffendorf


After researching some ideas, briefly brainstorming my experiences with projects, electronics, and tools, I have declared a few different topics that may help me learn more, as well as discover a few things I may enjoy working with.

-Welding a new aluminum waterfowl hunting decoy cart

-Airbrushing my new new decoys for a more realistic appearance

-Re-programming my computer

-Building a web page revolved around my hunting seasons

-Build my own fly rod

-Building a statistics program for my coaching of baseball

After realizing what I have learned in the past and brainstorming what I would like to teach others about, I strongly feel my best option would be air brushing my new decoys to bring out the full details of the fullbody goose decoys I use for goose hunting. I plan on using an airbrush that is connected to a generator. While the decoys are already painted, the best way to bring out the full detail of these decoys is to completely re-paint the decoys with a light black air brushed oil based paint that will kill the shine, bring out the feather detail, and bring in the realistic edges of the decoys themselves. Right now my biggest success has come from attempting to try different shades of colors on the decoys as well as paint each decoy a different shade of dark and light black or brown to realistically show that each bird is not exactly the same in the field while hunting.