-What sites do you go to regularly to learn new things?
-I go to Google.com, Yahoo.com, Fresno Pacific University library if I am looking for primary research on an injury.
-Are there authors or sites that you "follow?"
-I check in to the National Athletic Training Association (NATA) or the Board of Certification (BOC) pages, to keep up with current topics, any law changes in states, or new job openings.
-When does the Internet or the Web help your learning, and when does it distract from good learning for you?
-It helps me learn when I have to check a specific muscle or injury that I am not sure of when it comes to an athlete being injured. I like to double check that I am positive that that is what the athlete has and it is not something else. The internet also helps when I have to consult or email our team Doctor about any questions that I might have about anything.
-How do you feel about technology and learning?
-As I was coming out of my Undergraduate degree I was not so into the whole technology and learning as my other classmates were. They were a bit more tech knowledgeable that I was during college, I hated to use the internet or the computer for that matter to find information. But know that I am a Certified Athletic Trainer at a Junior College I was forced to use technology everyday. I had emails that needed to be read and answered, I had to fill out travel request, and I have to communicate with Doctor's or other athletic trainers in the conference. One would ask then why would you take a Master's Degree Program that is 100% online? I asked myself that question also, but know that I have been in this program I have had the best grades I have ever had in College. Now I am very comfortable with technology.
I am Juan Lopez ATC, LAT, I work for Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona. This is my second year at AWC, I work with eight sports and enjoy working at this level of athletics.