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Monthly Archives : October, 2011

Keeping Pace

287I & 289M are going pretty well.  Content isn’t 100% yet, but it’s getting there. I’ve got a few areas in 289M that needs some attention, I want more detail, coverage of replication & a peek into the schema. I found a decent spot to drop it in and now I just need to make it happen.

287I needs more detail into Apache and IIS 7. Get into the guts of ‘em. Also found a spot for it just need to make it happen.

Workload hasn’t been horrible considering its already week 5! That’s madness.  But almost halfway there.

One the EdD side of things, another class down, Higher Education in the US is in the books! Yeah, last assignment submitted today, grades will probably post next week. I’m still knee deep in the writing class. I did a little math…. I can be done with all of my course work by August 2013. That would mean I can finish the entire process by August 2014. We shall see.

Teaching & Learning

Well look at that…. It’s already week 3 of the term! This is the first block of time I’ve had to sneak off and jot down my thoughts.

Where to begin – My CIS 225 class was cancelled. That was a major disappointment. It was the only class 100% ready to roll for Fall term. It certainly cut back my workload. So, its not all bad. We’ll take another shot at it in Winter Term. Hopefully enrollment will be better.

I’m going to have to change my office hour schedule – these two long days are wearing me out! 12+ hours on Wednesday & Thursday. I’m in bed by 9:30 just about every night and I’m still beat!  Ole people need more sleep. So I need to plan out my new office hours. Thinking Tuesday morning/afternoon, Wednesday all day and late on Thursday.

CIS 289M – is going well. The TA is keeping things caught up. I’m focused on development. Proofing labs and getting the captioning done on my video lectures.

I was part of a guiding team over the summer. The guiding team was assembled to develop recommendations for PCC regarding how to make sure our courses are accessible for students with disabilities. I was selected for the team because of my experience with instructor created media. I use a lot of it. I learned a lot from my time on this team, including how to do my own captioning of my video lectures.  I also participated in a video about the topic: http://www.pcc.edu/resources/instructional-support/access/

CIS 287I – Hopefully this class gels together soon! Its not there yet. Maybe having a better vision for the class would help.

My own school – wow! It’s keeping me very busy, the writing class doesn’t have a lot of “work” but a hell of a lot of knowledge to be had. I’ll be very familiar with the dissertation process by the end of this course. I’ll also have several sections of my dissertation completed. (Provided I do not make any major changes to my topic) I took a quiz on the process and didn’t do so hot.

My Higher Education in the US class is a lot of work. A whole lot of work! This class only has two weeks left. That didn’t take long @ all! Of course I’ve got a lot of work to take care of between now and then. The important note for this class, getting knocked of my academic high horse. I have a pretty structured process for doing assignments. It involves having a clear understanding of the assignment and the details of what is required. (same things I harp on my students about). Whelp, I managed to miss a major portion of an assignment. Not sure how, just spaced it. Proved I need to pay a little closer attention to detail – ALL THE TIME! Picked up a few bruises on that fall. But we need those on occasion, keep us humble.

I’m trying to work out the details of my course of study….. There are 3 research classes that you are SUPPOSE to take one right after another (intro to research, quantitative research and qualitative research). They are all on campus classes & 14 weeks. That’s makes for a long stretch of trips to Seattle. That takes its toll. Aside from those $$ and wear and tear of the trips, I get a little worried about loosing some of the knowledge as I progress through the program.

However, there are a few pros.

1st – Once these classes are done, I’d got at least a year or so with NO trips to Seattle. The next trip would be at almost the very end of my program.

2nd – I’d have all the technical knowledge I’d need to finish my dissertation. In theory, I’d be able to work on my dissertation concurrently with remaining course work. That would be a major boon to getting through the process with the quickness. That’s provided I don’t do any major changes to my topic.

Also if I’m going to take the track as outlined, I’m going to need to sign up for a stats class real soon to sharpen my skillz. (sharpen…. hell find ‘em!)

I haven’t done any cert study, sad panda. Not for a lack of trying. That’s for sure. I just have to pick my battles.