Thinking Technology

I should stop in more often…..

And I would if I didn’t lead such a rushed existence.

For example, the week between Winter Term 2011 & Spring Term 2011 – IS OVER! I barely remember it beginning.

Spring term starts today. I’d planned on being far more prepared than I am. But I say that EVER term. At this point, I’m as ready as I’m going to be.

My schedule this term is different:

Monday – (CIS 288M)

  • (Office Hours) 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon 
  • (CIS 288M) 01:00 PM-02:50 PM

 Tuesday – (CIS 225)

  • (Office Hours) 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
  • (CIS 225) 11:00 PM – 12:50 PM
  • (Office Hours) 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

 Wednesday – (CIS 288M)

  • (Office Hours) 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon 
  • (CIS 288M) 01:00 PM-02:50 PM

 Thursday – (CIS 225)

  • (Office Hours) 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
  • (CIS 225) 11:00 PM – 12:50 PM

 That’s a lot of time on campus for me & in the middle of the day. It could have a significant impact on course development time. We’ll see how that plays out. Also, my CIS 240M class is online only. That’s something new for me. But I know some of my students will be in the labs, so I have to make sure I’m available for them.

One brand new class, CIS 225. I found what looks to be a good book for the class. I’m going with the text book material for this run. I’ll see how it goes and make adjustments both as class progresses and for the next time I teach it.

R2 continues to be a dilema for me and the networking dept. R2 is dependent on 64-bit hardware. This will certainly exclude students from being able to participate in the class. And the main question becomes how many students. Come Fall it has to happen, so I need to start getting ready. It’ll require posting the 64-bit hardware requirement in multiple places so students have enough notice ahead of time. The difference between R2 and Server 2008 are… hit and miss. Some things are cosmetic, which makes having two sets of instructions for labs – painful and confusing. Until I can find a better solution, the pain continues.

My own Cert Study…. I realized that completing the AD Cert test was one of my goals for this years review, that didn’t happen. So I’m going to hve to hit that goal for the next review. I don’t want it to fall by the waste side. Not sure how in I’m going to fit it in, but I shall. I’d say over the summer but, that just sounds like an empty promise.

And finally, my quest for higher education. Or the highest education. I will begin my doctoral studies in June of this year. I’ll be pursuing an EdD in Community College Leadership @ Argosy University of Seattle. I started the application process and hope to get my paperwork submitted this afternoon. It’s been 6 years since I finished my MBA. This should be interesting. I’m starting over the summer because it’ll give me a chance adjust without the full time job in mix. By the time Fall term rolls around I’d hope that I’ve got the school thing under control and can transition into working and going to school full time.

For my classes I require students to find articles to analyze. One of my students came across an article that had a list of interview questions about Active Directory. I started reviewing the list and thought it’d a great way to provide some technical insight into my blog. So I’m going to begin making posts that address the answers to two or three of the questions. Keep an eye out for those posts. That should keep me posting more frequently to my blog.

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