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20 Χρόνια Πανεπιστήμιο!

Αυτό τον μήνα, πριν είκοσι χρόνια, άρχισα να είμαι φοιτητής στο πανεπιστήμιο στο οποίο δουλεύω. Όταν άρχισα ήθελα να σπουδάσω πληροφορική και pre-med, δηλαδή να κάνω τα βασικά μαθήματα για να ενταχθώ μετά σε ιατρική σχολή, αφού στην αμερική δεν μπαίνει κανείς σε ιατρική σχολή ως προπτυχιακός φοιτητής.  Η ιατρική δεν έκατσε (λόγο του ότι μου φάνηκε πολύ μεγάλο το χρονικό διάστημα στο οποίο θα ήμουν φοιτητής - χαχαχα!), οπότε τελείωσα «μόνο» πληροφορική και Ιταλικά (τα οποία έχω αρχίσει σιγά σιγά να ξεχνάω...αλλά πρέπει να τα κυνηγήσω λίγο!). Μάλλον θα γράψω εντός τον επομένων 4 χρόνων για τις σπουδές (αν θυμηθώ ποια μαθήματα ειχα κάνει!), αλλά προς το παρων μπορώ να πω πως μερικά μαθήματα ήταν παλούκια, και καθόλου ενδιαφέρων, και άλλα ηταν δύσκολα και ενδιαφέρων, αλλά δεν είχαν να κάνουν σχέση με την πληροφορική. χμμμμ.  Λές να διάλεξα λάθος δρόμο;  Θα το αναλύσουμε άλλη φορά

Η πρώτη δουλεια στο πανεπιστήμιο μου ήρθε τελείως τυχαία. Το student employment office (το γραφείο όπου πάνε οι φοιτητές που ψάχνουν για δουλειά - κάτι σαν ΟΑΕΔ) με έστειλε στο εργαστήρι ξένων γλωσσών.  Αλλά μέχρι να φτάσω η μια δουλειά που υπήρχε ήταν πιασμένη.  Αλλά η Μαίρη (η διευθύντρια εκεί) με έστειλε στο media services όπου όλο και έψαχναν για φοιτητές να δουλέψουν μερικές ώρες κάθε εβδομάδα.  Ε, αυτό ήταν και τυχαίο και μοιραιο αφού απο εκεί ξεκίνησε κιολας και η σταδιοδρομία μου σε διάφορες δουλειές που είχα στο πανεπιστήμιο.  Για να το  «γιορτάσουμε» το γεγονός που δουλεύω 20 χρόνια στο πανεπιστήμιο δημιούργησα ένα infographic.



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Καλό μήνα!

Καλό μας μήνα! Καλό μας εξάμηνο! Και καλές σπουδές σε όλους τους φοιτητές.  Που πήγε το καλοκαίρι ρε γαμώτο! :-)



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Review: E-Learning in the 21st Century: A Community of Inquiry Framework for Research and Practice

E-Learning in the 21st Century: A Community of Inquiry Framework for Research and Practice E-Learning in the 21st Century: A Community of Inquiry Framework for Research and Practice by D Randy Garrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A nice, short, overview of the community of inquiry framework for those who are new to it. The book basically breaks down to 1/2 being about the CoI (discussing each part in details, and encompassing recent research), and 1/2 being application. It was an interesting overview of the CoI, which I've gotten from other angles in the past, but it was nice to see what one of the originators of the framework has to say about it twenty years down the road. Still, after reading this, I would have liked to have gotten some examples of having applied the framework and what the description that the CoI tells us about a learning environment actually means.

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Review: 24: Legacy - Rules of Engagement #5

24: Legacy - Rules of Engagement #5 24: Legacy - Rules of Engagement #5 by Christopher Farnsworth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable prequel to the TV series 24: Legacy. I guess I should have read this before seeing the show :-) The five part series of comics (reviewing the last one, but it really covers all of them) is the story of the protagonist of the show, jumping back in time to two times in his life (one as a drug dealer, and one as a ranger in Iraq), where he was called upon to step up and solve a life or death problem.  Interesting story.

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Review: Learning Together Online: Research on Asynchronous Learning Networks

Learning Together Online: Research on Asynchronous Learning Networks Learning Together Online: Research on Asynchronous Learning Networks by Starr Roxanne Hiltz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not very many people talk about ALNs (asynchronous learning networks) these days. Even the journal for ALNs has been renamed to "Online Learning". Still, this was an interesting historical dive which provided some interesting background on early online learning which still informs today.

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Enterforaprize anatomy





This was was one of the more "m'eh' comic strips of Sev Trek.  I also don't get why the enterprises are plates of food. I guess I'll go with it for now :p

(original archive here)


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Halo Infinite - what am I missing?

Another E3 2018 announcement - Microsoft's Halo Infinite. I've liked all Halo games I've played up to now, even though I have not completed all of them, and I have yet to play Halo 5: Guardians, so I was pumped about Halo: Infinite.  I didn't know it was coming, I was surprised and elated at the existence of an announcement trailer...and then it tell flat.  The trailer tells me nothing of the potential story, it looks like a glorified tech demo.  What am I missing?


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Assassin's creed Odyssey trailer


Just by luck yesterday YouTube suggested the Ubisoft livestream from E3 (oh internet overlords, you know me so well!), and I tuned in just as the trailer for Assassin's Creed Odyssey came on screen.  I love the trailer, I love that I am able to pick a character, I love that it's going to be set in Greece during the  peloponnesian war, I think I like the Bioware RPGness of the game. There are two confusing things:  If Assassin's Creed Origins is the Origin of the brotherhood, then why are we going back 400 years before that? Also, why the heck is Assassin's Emblem (and hence the emblem of the game) a Greek Lambda (Λ)? The emblem is essentially a protractor, but by getting rid of of the bottom parts of the logo you've made it into a Greek letter, which stylistically might look fine to a western eye, but to a Greek it's like an assassin's blade through the heart.

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Cyberpunk 2077 trailer


Seems like some big announcements were made today and yesterday at this year's E3.  I hadn't even seen anything regarding this game in the game press (not that I was paying particular attention) but this game looks likeit could be a lot of fun, wrapped up in an interesting story.

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Review: Star Trek: Captain's Log

Star Trek: Captain's Log Star Trek: Captain's Log by David Tipton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy reading stories about secondary captains (Jelico, Sulu, Hariman), i.e. those not seen on screen for very long - but these were actually quite good short stories. I wouldn't mind having more Hariman or Jelico stories come our way! It was also interesting to see the excelsior class go from brand new (in Sulu's time) to an old 'workhorse' in Jelico's time within the same volume.

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