Thinking Technology

Monthly Archives : July, 2012

Oh WOW!

Another update so soon?!

I wanted to report back on my lunch with Dr. Preston Pulliams, the district president of PCC. On Monday (7/9) I met the president an his assistant Neal for lunch. The president wanted to thank me for my work on the PEAK committee, including presenting at the American Association of Community Colleges convention in his absence.

I took the opportunity to ask Dr. Pulliams & Neal questions about leadership and ask for some advice in my career path. Neal has served under a number of district presidents and provided some valuable observations. These observations complemented and echoed Dr. Pulliams insight. Lunch was also motivating.

School wears you down and my pace only accelerates the process. So understanding why I’m doing what I’m doing, having a goal that I know is achievable and hearing positive things are very welcome.

Speaking of school and my pace, there is no way schedule-wise I can be done with my course work by Summer of 2014. *sad panda* The biggest issue isn’t finishing the course work, it’s actually timing the comprehensive exam. I wanted to take the comprehensive over summer when I’m off. However the best case scenario would be the exam would be given over In-service week the week before the start of fall term. NOPE! Bad timing. That leaves, 2 or 3 weeks into Winter tem. While far from ideal, it’s far more realistic. I will have to talk to my dean and see if that’s possible.

Schedule-wise, that gives me an additional semester to finish. That’s not a bad thing and means I might slow down a bit, go to 2 classes a semester. Or just allow me to ease up going into the exam. We shall see.

I am a tad disappointed, but its just life’s way of slowing me own a bit before I burn out.

I’m focused on school work this week and revisit course development soon.

What’s going on?

Doctoral Studies

Well another one down! Sunday (6/24) I conducted my last conference call and submitted my final paper, presentation, & my final journal entry. I was very pleased with course. While the bar wasn’t set very high after the last course, this course exceeded my expectations.

The instructor was outstanding, she gave me the flexibility to set my own direction in the course. I outlined what I want to learn and how did I want to go about it. I was a little surprised that I didn’t take the opportunity to take the easy road and do less. I went the opposite direction and use this as opportunity to really dive into the subject, expand my knowledge and escape my comfort zone.

The way I see it, my course classes are the foundation for my comprehensive exam and I want to be as prepared for that exam as possible.

Unfortunately, not a lot of breathing room. Access to my next two classes opened quickly and before I knew it, I was diving headlong into them. I downloaded the text books (4 books, 2 per class). Both classes are directed study. The one instructor I had last class, the other is new. So far it’s going well. Lots of reading, but I guess that is what happened when you have 4 books to get through. Work load, not to bad considering I’m not teaching. I’m keeping up.

More interviews, but awesome topics, Community College Leadership & Governance & Organization of community colleges. There is a fair share of overlap between these courses.

Teaching (Kinda)

On the course development front, I am working on a handful of things. 1st is CIS 225 – End User Support. I am converting this from an on campus course to an online course. While somewhat time consuming, overall the conversion is not a very difficult process. However, I am a little worried about capturing the essence of the course, the communication aspect of user support. I am not sure if it can be captured, but I’m going to give it a shot. Putting a fair share of emphasis on discussion. I expect the first time through to be…. Rough. I’ll get through it. This course should be off for review by distance education today (7/7).

Next up will be adding a lecture and assignment that supports the CIS department’s assessment process. The assignment is used to see if students are meeting the objectives of the class, the objectives of the CIS degree and ultimately the objectives of the college. I developed the assessment process and assignment for the CIS 140M class a few years ago, so I’m fairly familiar with the end goal.

There are a few odds and ends, but they will have to wait, my biggest challenge of the break, writing CIS 287M Microsoft Server Security for a campus course from scratch. I’ve got the book, always the best starting point. This is going to take some time to fully flesh out. Hopefully I come up with a vision/direction for the course early on. While I know security and the concepts, it can be a fairly challenging topic.