Looks like we're having another Nor'Easter! How much snow this will bring is anyone's guess. I guess that we'll just have to wait and see. Here is a meme that I created last week when we had another Nor'Easter (yup! that's right). I wonder if I should tag this as #PhDLife :p
Review: To Mooc or Not to Mooc: How Can Online Learning Help to Build the Future of Higher Education?
Tuesday, Jan 23 2018 09:33 | Books, goodreads, MOOC, PhD, review, School, Social Media, Social Networks
To Mooc or Not to Mooc: How Can Online Learning Help to Build the Future of Higher Education? by Sarah PorterMy rating: 2 of 5 stars I've gone back and forth deciding whether to give this book 2 stars or 1 star. The book wasn't awful, but it was really not all that great. It is a very high level view of MOOCs, written partly as use-cases, and the audience tends to be university administration
Break? What's a break?
From last week's gamercat (I think the author is taking a break). As for me... not so much...full steam ahead for dissertation proposal. The literature review is half way done. I've completed writing the MOOC part and I am moving onto the Collaboration part. The MOOC part still needs editing, and it would make any APA aficionado weep, but the core is there.
GoodReads: Year in Review
Tuesday, Dec 26 2017 09:45 | Academia, dissertation, Entertainment, goodreads, homework, PhD, School, Social Media, Social Networks, YearInReview
I was holding off on posting this just in case I finished another book before the new year, but it seems like I will need to spend this week actually doing some writing for the dissertation proposal (can't let all this fine reading go to waste!). On the one hand I am surprised at how much I read, and on the other hand I am not. This doesn't even include all the articles I read. I keep
wow! alumni relations!
Very odd to be getting an alumni relations birthday wish, appreciated nevertheless oh great algorithm!
Wait...did I read that?
When I kicked off my plan to get my dissertation proposal done (last spring), I had earmarked this fall semester as the literature review semester. I had a sense that it would take quite some time to do, but I didn't think it would take me the entire fall semester. I guess hope for the best, plan for the worst is the operative phrase. Over the past few years I've been collecting articles
Not exactly what I was looking for...database
It's been a very reading-heavy few weekends. I've been trying to go through the massive amount of articles that I downloaded for my dissertation proposal so I can start writing the final section (the lit review) that's been on my mind since the summer. I was looking for an article on one of the Sage databases, and I thought that an author & keyword combination would do its magic (especially
Review: Collaboration Uncovered: The Forgotten, the Assumed, and the Unexamined in Collaborative Education
Saturday, Sep 30 2017 10:36 | Books, goodreads, PhD, review, School, Social Networking, Social Networks
Collaboration Uncovered: The Forgotten, the Assumed, and the Unexamined in Collaborative Education by Merle RichardsMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Quite an interesting collection of perspectives (and stories) about person-to-person collaboration in higher education. I think that you are looking for a book that deals with collaboration at the lower levels (i.e. not institution-to-institution) this
Review: The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary
Monday, Sep 18 2017 02:00 | Books, goodreads, hacking, Linux, Openness, openSource, PhD, research, review, School, Social Media, Social Networks
The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary by Eric S. RaymondMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Quite an interesting collection of essays on open source programming and culture. GoodReads tells me I've read this before, but I wonder if I just read the essay with the same name rather than the whole book (I didn't remember it, or perhaps I see it
Review: Collaboration 2.0: Technology and Best Practices for Successful Collaboration in a Web 2.0 World
Monday, Sep 11 2017 01:30 | Books, collaboration, goodreads, PhD, review, School, Social Media, Social Networks
Collaboration 2.0: Technology and Best Practices for Successful Collaboration in a Web 2.0 World by David ColemanMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Not a bad read. The technology bit is a little outdated by this point. I think there is some good stuff here, if you ignore the technology. For a book that says that technology and process need to go hand-in-hand, it sure does focus on technology a
How college loans got evil
Tuesday, Sep 5 2017 01:30 | collegeHumor, consumerProtection, economics, Education, Humor, politics, regulation, School
Well, it's the first day of a new academic year. I guess this is the most sobering. This shit makes me angry (and I have no student loans!)
Methods section humor
Some Sunday humor... I thought it was apropos given that I've been working on getting my methods section polished off and done by August 30th. I am, sort of, there too! I just need to work on getting my reliability & validity sections done (I've got disjointed fragments I have written already), and my ethics section done (again, disjointed fragments). It's a bit slow-going because I need
Review: Interviewing as Qualitative Research: A Guide for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences
Interviewing as Qualitative Research: A Guide for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences by Irving SeidmanMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Quite a good read on conducting interviews as part of educational research. It does seem to focus on phenomenological interviews, where the interview is the one and only approach, but it might be useful for other cases where interviews are one of many
Review: Collaboration in Distance Education: International Case Studies
Wednesday, Aug 16 2017 01:30 | Books, dissertation, DistanceEducation, goodreads, PhD, review, School, Social Networking, Work
Collaboration in Distance Education: International Case Studies by Louise MoranMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Even though it's a little dated at this point, it was an interesting view into cross-organizational collaborations in distance education. I started reading this thinking that it was more about person-to-person collaboration, not necessarily institution-to-institution initiatives.
Dissertation haunts you
From PhD comics from a week or so ago... One of the reasons I don't really want to go on vacation until my dissertation proposal (or heck, even until my data collection) is done.
Review: Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach: 41
Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach: 41 by Joseph A. MaxwellMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This was quite a short book (in comparison to other methods books I've read) but it was quite good. It's definitely packed with good insight and things to make you think about what you want to consider when it comes to writing your research proposal. At the end of each chapter there are memoing
Review: Internet Inquiry: Conversations about Method
Internet Inquiry: Conversations about Method by Annette N. MarkhamMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting collection of researched essays on doing qualitative research on the internet. The book is setup in a Question prompt-response-responses to the response manner. In a sense it's a bit like a dialogue, or a panel discussion, but in written form. It definitely gives you some food
Review: Case Study Research: Design and Methods
Monday, Jul 10 2017 10:07 | dissertation, Education, goodreads, PhD, review, School, Social Networking, university
Case Study Research: Design and Methods by Robert K. YinMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Quite a thorough book on doing case studies. This is the second book just on case studies that I have read thus far, and it seems quite inclusive. I did like the Stake book (see review a few weeks ago) but this seemed to give more of a roadmap. This is probably the 8th or 9th book I've read
Review: The Art of Case Study Research
The Art of Case Study Research by Robert E. (Earl) StakeMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This book reads well, and its nice narrative (for the most part) style of writing really gives the reader a good overview of the Case Study method and how to research and write using this approach. It was fairly easy to read through, and it would be good to read this again as you embark on your case study. That
Review: Advances in Research on Networked Learning
Advances in Research on Networked Learning by Peter GoodyearMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting exploration of Networked Learning - despite it being a little dated (from a technology point of view) the chapters are still relevant today in my opinion 😃. I actually came across a few good nuggets of information that I need to track down for my own dissertation work - serendipity strikes
Review of The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks
Monday, May 8 2017 01:00 | academics, Books, goodreads, networked learning, PhD, School, Social Networks
The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks by Lucila CarvalhoMy rating: 3 of 5 starsI'd give it 3.5 stars if GoodReads would allow it. This is an interesting book on case studies (essentially) on how people have implemented Networked Learning in their various environments. Some examples might resonate with you, and others might be too alien. Overall I think it's a good idea book. Some chapters
Review: Exploring the Theory, Pedagogy and Practice of Networked Learning
Wednesday, Apr 5 2017 01:30 | Academia, Books, goodreads, PhD, review, School, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Networks
Exploring the Theory, Pedagogy and Practice of Networked Learning by Lone Dirckinck-HolmfeldMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I liked this particular book on Networked Learning. It provided a nice balance between theory and actual practice. I think I am addicted to this Networked Learning thing. I have a three more books on my to-read list on GoodReads, and I bookmarked the proceedings for
Star Trek Online: Reckoning is live
Friday, Jan 27 2017 10:30 | Entertainment, homework, MMORPG, PhD, School, StarTrek, video games, VideoGames
And...just in time to tempt me to not do my homework over the weekend and spend time playing this game...such poor timing in life :p
Review: Researching Society and Culture
Researching Society and Culture by Clive SealeMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Finally done! It took a while but I finished both textbooks for EDDE 805, this being the second one. Truth be told, I skimmed part of it during the semester, so now was a good opportunity to go back and read the rest of the chapters that were assigned and seemed important. Just in time for the new semester to start.
Review: How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal: Suggestions for Students in Education and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal: Suggestions for Students in Education and the Social and Behavioral Sciences by David R. KrathwohlMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Finished this - maybe a little later than I expected (the semester ended a month ago :p) but it's done. Overall not a bad book. It's easy to read and it provides a lot of food for thought in terms of what you should have in your
Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger
Since the semester is starting tomorrow, this seemed like a good pump-you-up song to get through the semester ;-)
Tuesday, Dec 27 2016 02:30 | Books, Comic Book, comics, goodreads, reading, review, School, Social Networking, Social Networks, StarTrek
Couldn't escape the GoodRead year-end-review!I am generally very conservative when I set my reading goals each year because I tend to think of books as thick things that take a long time to get through. However, as this year has proven again I've read more books than I expected. If you notice, you'll see that it's a lot of comic books and star trek novels (audiobook or text-to-speech ebooks
Watchdogs 2 - trailer
Tuesday, Nov 15 2016 01:00 | Action, dissertation, Entertainment, PhD, School, trailer, video games, VideoGames, watchdogs, XBOX
One of the reasons to get the dissertation done sooner rather than later ;-)
Schoolwork while on vacation...
Monday, Oct 10 2016 03:00 | access, Education, Internet, PhD, School, Technology, university, vacation, Work
It's amazing how much access to the internet is really woven into our daily lives. For the past 2 weeks I've been away on vacation in Spain. Before we left home I tried to be proactive, I scanned some of the book chapters that were due for my class while I was away, I got Assignment 1 done before I left, and I downloaded articles onto my Surface Pro so that I had reading material to go
Most distracted during a lit review
This came across my feed the other day. I feel like there needs to be a medal for being distracted by social media while trying to conduct a literature review :-) This has been one of my problems of late - too many other interesting (or just plain distracting) things posted on social media while I am working on my dissertation proposal :p
Perfectly exemplefies this weekend...
Something from a recent PhD comics. From my part... I am working on the research methods section of my dissertation proposal. Working on motivation to finish this draft so I can submit it by Monday...
Saturday, Jun 11 2016 13:26 | Action, Entertainment, hacking, PhD, School, video games, VideoGames, watchdogs, XBOX
Nice! There is a follow up...of some sort, for the game Watchdogs. It seems that this game is not following the story of Aidan Pierce, the protagonist of the first Watchdogs. It also isn't taking place in Chicago, but rather it takes place in San Fransisco. I think I'll have a ton of games to play once I am done dissertating if this keeps up ;-)
Saturday, May 21 2016 02:30 | 24, Action, dissertation, Entertainment, PhD, School, Television, trailer, youtube
Woohooooaaaaa! Fall semester is looking aweeeesome! Working on my dissertation proposal AND a new 24 series! This looks pretty amazing! Wonder if there will be some Jack Bower action in some part of it :)
Saturday, Apr 9 2016 04:30 | Academia, elections, Facebook, Humor, politics, research, School, Social Media
This has been making the rounds on social media this week: a fictitious article mocking presidential candidate Donald Trump by writing an academic article in Trumpspeak. We've got the best data. Premium stuff! Pretty funny ;-)
My team and I just finished presenting on Assignment 2 for our Leadership course this past week. In going through my notes, collected over the past month of meetings and preparation for this assignment, I came across the term 'soul-sucking leadership'. It's not a leadership theory at the moment, but hey - maybe we can coin a definition and become famous ;-) What do you think? (actual
Leadership in Trek
I was looking around the web to see if I can find anything on the Leadership in the fictitious universe of Star Trek. It was more of a tangential thing, a "cool to have" for my leadership portfolio for my EdD course. Hey, if you can't incorporate pop culture into school, what sort of fun can you have? ;-) I came across this video from Forbes. Wonder if there is something out
My most recent ubuntu experiment
Tuesday, May 12 2015 04:00 | Computing, Internet, Linux, Mac, MacOS, MacOS 9, OS, programming, School, Technology, Windows, Work
I've been experimenting with Linux on and off since 1999. I was first introduced to linux when I was working at Barnes and Noble and I was working on the textbook floor with a number of other computer geeks. I think the first distro that I heard of was Slackware, but I don't think I have actually ever actually installed slackware. I remember seeing their software boxes at stores like MicroCenter
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 | Done!
Thursday, Feb 5 2015 05:00 | achievements, Action, castlevania, dracula, Entertainment, fiction, Games, PhD, princeOfPersia, RPG, School, video games, VideoGames, XBOX
With the storms that have hit over the past week came school closings, and with school closings came a little extra time on my hands. I did spend a considerable amount of this extra time catching forward with my readings for my research methods course, but I guess I also used the time "wisely" to complete another game on the xbox. Over the Christmas break Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was on
Adieu Library Books!
I can't believe I missed this bit of news last February! I was checking to see if there are any updates to one of my favorite applications - library books - when I saw a note from the author that the software would not longer be updated. Too bad, because this was quite a useful application, both on the Mac originally, and then on iOS. This app allowed you to log into your local academic
Tuesday, Jul 8 2014 13:45 | adieu, Google, School, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Networks, Technology
Well, I guess Orkut's time came!This past weekend both my Google accounts (because for some reason I needed 2 Orkut accounts ;-) ), got a notice that Orkut was (finally) closing down. Back when Social Networks were new (or new to me), back in 2004, I had created social network accounts on a lot of networks. I was interested in comparing various functionalities and affordances of each platform so I
Would you like a Latte with your Occupy?
Free Lodging?Perhaps voting Republican on Super Tuesday has rubbed off on me giving me a "get off my lawn" attitude, or perhaps it's the ineffectiveness of Occupy UMass Boston that's just getting to me. Don't get me wrong, I support affordable education for everyone, especially at State Schools like UMass Boston, and I support affordable textbooks and an equal opportunity for everyone - but it
Brain reaching capacity ;-)
I've got Chomsky in the brain...along with a lot of other linguistics stuff. These past few weeks I've been reading a lot about tech and non-tech issues that I have random thoughts on, but by the time I get to writing about them I could care less ;-)I think for the rest of the semester you'll probably see a lot of linguistics related posts as I continue to work on my classics research paper, psycholinguistics
Thursday, Sep 30 2010 17:46 | School
What a crazy week!One month down...three more to go in this ultimate semester! I've kept off blogging mostly and consuming the content that I left on my Instapaper account instead so that it doesn't go stale. On the minus side, I've read so many interesting articles that sparked some ideas for commentaries that my starred items area in Instapaper is expanding - oh well. Hopefully in October I'll
Study like a scholar
Pretty funny! I never had a celestial sandwich though - maybe I should have gone to that library LOL :-)
Fonts @ the cemetary
Pretty humorous xkcd comic from last week. What's even funnier is that the night before this comic strip came out I was in a class learning all about typeface ;-) Serendipity?
My Lazy American Students
An interesting article popped up on Inside Higher Ed today about the work ethic of American students (Original Boston.com article here). I would say that this is a gross overgeneralization based on anecdotal evidence. Now anecdotal evidence does serve a purpose, but I think that you are not comparing apples to apples. The United States for instance does not have a unified educational system (and
I was debating whether to post this on Multilitteratus (since it is ID related), or if I should post it here - guess who won ;-)I was reading an article on ASTD learning circuits the other day called Learning 2.0 and Workplace Communities which reminded me of my knowledge management class - the one I took many moons ago while an MBA student.In this article Dave writes about the three models of using
Beginning of the semester humor
Here's a video on internet overdose dedicated to all my classmates who spend a ton of time on the internet :-)
UMass Boston Class of 69
It's always interesting to hear about the first of anything. Usually those are individuals who brave the cold storm, go uphill both ways, to accomplish something extraordinary.When I was a Senior in high school and I was thinking about which schools to attend, I chose UMass Boston because of the great vibe that I got from it despite its need for certain aesthetic and structural repairs. I came across
Need to work on my project!!!
Wednesday, Jul 2 2008 18:12 | School
Well, we’re one third done with the semester, and it’s project start time.I am planning on designing and partly implementing and online class for travelers to Greece. I was going to make it broader, a start-to-end trip to Greece, with language and culture for a variety of occasions, but I don’t think I will have time. Instead, I think that I will be focusing on everyone’s favorite
Observations of online classes
Thursday, Jun 12 2008 18:12 | School
Well, this is the end of my second week of online classes. Thus far things seem to be going well, I enjoy the forum interactions with my classmates, but not having that face to face contact, sometimes I get the sense that some of my classmates are a-holes. They probably aren’t, but when you just read text, you tend to read into things, and often your mood at the time you are reading what they
Thursday, Jun 5 2008 19:28 | School
OK, so this is my second week in my online class experiment. This is the first time ever that I am taking online classes and I have to say that thus far I like it. It reminds me a lot of my ‘early days’ on the internet, where I spent a ton of time in Yahoo! Chat and in various forums (such as macosx.com and howardforums.com), except instead of reading about the newest apple product, or
Thursday, May 29 2008 21:10 | School
So my classes started this week, both online and face to face.The face to face class should offer no surprises (given that I know how face to face classes work).I am particularly interested in seeing how the online classes will work ou,
Tuesday, May 27 2008 07:30 | School
Classes start tonight, but convocation is tonight as well!I have decided to skip class (shock!) to go to convocation.Normally I would not care (I skipped last year's convocation and graduation), but this time I am getting an award.
Wednesday, May 21 2008 21:28 | School
Just came back from a GIDA (graduate instructional design association) event.It was pretty interesting, most of the people there were students just about to graduate.It never ceases to amaze me the variety of students that the ID program attracts. Pretty cool if you ask me.
Is the Bachelor’s degree obsolete?
Thursday, May 15 2008 18:47 | School
That’s an interesting question posed in this article (CLICK HERE). Personally I do not know if the BA/BS is dead, but it certainly costs a lot of money, so graduates with a Bachelor’s degree usually leave school with a lot of debt. I have also noticed that many of my peers, or even people older than I, are back in school for a Master’s because it appears that you need a Master’s
Tuesday, May 13 2008 18:55 | School
I handed in all of my papers! Some I handed in yesterday evening, and some today.I am officially done with the semester! Now I can rest…I guess ;-)
Done! Done! Done!
Saturday, May 10 2008 10:59 | School
I am done with my final! Hooray!!!Well, done with a rough draft of it anyway.If I can proof and improve it by Monday I can hand it in after our last class and be done for the semester!Life is good ;-)
Working hard on Finals!
OK people! All men to stations! Finals are upon us!Having already put the finishing touches on the projects for my two Instructional Design classes, I am now working on my Applied Linguistics final. Three essay questions, each a minimum of four pages in length (or is that max? hmmm), with references and citations, proper grammar, and spelling and of course logic! It will take me the whole weekend,
Can’t wait to get my cap n’ gown!
Tuesday, Apr 22 2008 21:25 | School
Only one more week left before I can go and pick up my cap n’ gown!I am still not sure I will be attending my graduation - I will need to take a day off from work to do so, but taking a day off from work, in order to go to your place of employment to attend graduation seems a little bizarre to me.I definitely want my cap n’ gown though! I paid for it, I am gonna get it!I wish it had a hood
Academic Excellence Award!
Monday, Apr 21 2008 22:25 | School
I got a letter in the mail yesterday from the College of Management. I thought the information contained in the letter would be pretty standard stuff, mostly information about graduation, since I am graduating this coming summer.When I opened the letter, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I am being honored at this year’s College of Management convocation. I apparently am the recipient
Living in my Second Life…
In February of 2007 I signed up for a Second Life account. I spent some time in the world, but I frequented populated areas and my computer’s graphics card bit the dust, so it was really choppy! In addition to that I left the orientation island, did not know how to get back (and the sluggishness did not encourage me to find my way back either), so I was stuck naked in second life with no way
School Starts Again!!!
School has started again, and with the commencement of classes we are finally seeing life in the library: students, professors, and yes, even some parents coming to see what they are paying for. It’s all quite invigorating.More importantly (for completely selfish reasons of course) I have started classes for the two Master Degrees that I have started pursuing. One in Instructional Design, and
Save on Books – go to your library
Wednesday, Jan 30 2008 21:20 | School
This semester I have started a new Master’s program (having already finished two). I am studying the art and science of Instructional Design so that I can be a better teacher (when I do finally become a professor), or to use the skills that I have gained to help existing teachers with their course design dilemmas (or something like that anyway).In years past I have always looked at ways to get
End of the Semester!
Saturday, Dec 22 2007 14:45 | School
The end of the semester has come...and gone!I have finished both my finals (Project Management and Supply Chain Management) and this signals the completion of my MSIT program! woo hoo!!!Since I am still a student I am considering joining the PMI (project management institute) and if the exam isn't too expensive maybe I will go get my PMP certification. You never know when you are going to need it...Now
Turn it in - just don't use it!
Sunday, May 20 2007 11:01 | School
Back at the end of 2006 I was part of an audience for a demonstration (and sales pitch) for a plagiarism detection service called turn it in. As a student and as someone who has been in academia for close to ten years now, I can see how such a service can be useful. There are things though that really irk me about turn it in, the main one being that anything submitted to their service for examination
This is it ladies and germs!
Thursday, May 10 2007 10:36 | School
the end of the semester is less than one week away!A multitude of emotions flood my inner being at the moment...... worry that I won't be able to get my OO prototype working...... happyness that it's almost over ...... excitednessessess that the summer is almost here (and I can enjoy a beer on my deck without homework in the evening) ...... the adrenaline rush as I do my OO homework ...... the warm
IIS! That's what was missing!
Saturday, May 5 2007 09:17 | School
Well... I feel like an idiot!I decided to mess around with my virtual PC image (the one that has Windows XP and Visual Studio 2005) to see if I could determine why I was getting a webserver error whenI was trying to compile my ASP.NET pages. I shouldn't need to have IIS installed with 2005 (at least according to my sources) but I did install it anyway - just in case. Guess what? It works! My application
The end is near!!!
Sunday, Apr 29 2007 12:54 | School
The end of the semester that is! (yeah, I know, it's a stale joke!)With only three more weeks left, I have two things to look forward to (well in addition to the end of the semester)1. My Data Modeling Final Exam2. My Object Oriented Systems Final presentationDespite my recent development woes (see virtual PC and visual studio not playing nice with one another) I am feeling rather optimisticAt the
I see the light!!!
Saturday, Apr 14 2007 10:04 | School
The light at the end of the tunnel that is!There are three more weeks left in the semester, in terms of projects 5.I have:[a] two presentations for my OO class (no sweat, just need to sit down and finish up some code)[b] two exams for my data modeling class (again, no sweat I don't think)[c] one last homework for OO due Tuesday. This one has me scratching my head. I think I will spend all of Marathon
No china this year...
Thursday, Apr 5 2007 19:00 | School
Unfortunately no China for me this year :-(A combination of costs, vacation time, work and overall exhaustion (2 years straight of classes & work without any noticeable vacation).Oh well...I'll save up my pennies, vacation time, and take a break from school, re-energize my batteries, and then we'll see - the great wall will still be there :-)
Working hard on library 2.0
Saturday, Mar 31 2007 11:44 | School
I had made my original prototype of the library 2.0 website, however I had not made most of the widgets that I wanted to make. I also had not implemented any of the login functions. Granted, this is just a proof of concept (PoC) for a library 2.0 website, however I do want to get as much functionality as I can into my PoC as possible before the end of the semester because a better PoC means the end
Saturday, Feb 24 2007 13:50 | School
I've got a class where homework is really optional. You can do it an hand it in, if you want, but if you do not there is no consequence.The rationale is this: you learn the materials by dissecting the problems in the book, and doing them yourself. Therefore, doing them and handing them in gives you the ability to practice, and free feedback from me (the professor).I've done the first few homework 'assignments'
wow! it just crept up!
Saturday, Feb 24 2007 10:25 | School
I have a presentation in 2 days that I completely forgot about!!!I think it's best now to start crankin'....
The difference between mathematics and business
Wednesday, Feb 14 2007 14:30 | School
I was in class a couple of nights ago, and we were presenting some linear programming models.Once one of the groups was done, the professor threw them a curve ball and asked them why their model was correct.Upon explaining their methodology - they end with '[microsoft excel] solver told us'.The professor did not like the answer and questioned the validity of the software itself - the group had no argument
First Presentation of the Semester!
Monday, Feb 12 2007 16:16 | School
First presentation of the semester is on tonight!It's my data modeling class - not the hardest class in the world (at least I hope it doesn't get too hard) - but still getting a bit of the pre-presentation jitters.
Classes are back!
Monday, Jan 29 2007 06:56 | School
We're back with classes!Honestly I feel a bit tired, but I am excited!Tonight's Entertainment: Management Decision Models (aka Supply Chain Management)
All ready for Spring!
Friday, Jan 19 2007 16:26 | School
This winter has not been bad temperature-wise, but never the less I cannot wait for spring to start.All my books for the spring semester are in...I now feel like I can start classes ;-)
One to go!!!!
Saturday, Dec 16 2006 11:27 | School
Studying hard for my final exam in International Finance...Forwards and swaps, and forwards and swaps and forwards and swaps, and option too!Oh my head....
IT Strategy Presentation Tonight!
Tuesday, Dec 12 2006 17:19 | School
OK,This is it!This is my last presentation for the semester, and the last presentation ever for my MBA!Quite phenomenal! However...I did not dress up! Oh well...We're recommending that the library take over EdTech from IT, thus having the ability to provide a 360 degree customer experience.OK, off I go...
Monday, Dec 11 2006 18:35 | School
After 10 or so hours today, and another 10 or so over the last week, I am done with the finance paper! yay! :-DNow what's left to be done:1. Presentation for IT strategy tomorrow2. Final Exam for finance on WednesdayThank God... Only 48 hours to go!
3 paragraphs down...
Monday, Dec 11 2006 15:04 | School
after 6 hours of re-re-re-re-review and note taking the pen is finally on paper1 page of analysis, bibliography and 4 exhibits are down.....4 more pages to go...
Saturday, Dec 9 2006 10:25 | School
One Presentation down, one paper down, one class downOne Presentation, Two papers, One exam and two classes left to go...It's gonna be a sucky weekend, but I can see the light!!!
Paper Working Weekend
Saturday, Nov 25 2006 16:26 | School
T-Mobile Strategy Paper:Pick Topic: 100% doneResearch: 99.9% doneWriting: 30% doneProof reading: 0% donePresentation 2% doneDue: December 7, 2006IT Strategy Paper:Pick Topic: 100% doneResearch: 99.9% doneWriting: 70% doneProof reading: 50% donePresentation 5% doneDue: December 5, 2006International Financial Management PaperPick Topic: 0%Research: 0% doneWriting: 0% doneProof reading: 0% donePresentation
Saturday, Nov 18 2006 12:02 | School
About 20 days left for this semester to end (and for me to have my MBA).I am a bit tired, but I think that caffeine is sustaining me as I chug along...So tomorrow - group meeting (IT strategy), putting the final touches on revisions the primary part of our final paper and working on the secondary part.Then further work on the T-Mobile project (strategic management) ...and finally some research for
32 more busy days!
Saturday, Nov 11 2006 10:13 | School
I can see it!I can see it! The end is near! repent! repent!Just kidding, no need to repent, almost time to rejoyce!It will be a busy 32 days.This coming week I have an exam for International Financial Management, so this weekend is study your finance weekend.I also have to continue working on my final paper/presentation for all my classes(1) T-Mobile for Strategic Management(2) The school library for
60 day countdown
Saturday, Oct 14 2006 20:28 | School
60 days until the end of school (and thus graduation!!!)I get momentary bursts of "I have to do some serious work!" energy....and then I get last-semester-lazyness that sets in.60 more days! Serenity now ;-)
Wednesday, Sep 27 2006 08:33 | School
The first presentation of the semester is coming up tomorrow! (darn and I am not done yet!!!)This is for the capstone course (Strategic Management) .... back to work!
Taking the new Learning Management System for a spin...
Saturday, Sep 9 2006 12:31 | School
Trying out new stuff is always interesting.I've always been involved with learning management systems.First it was blackboard, then we switched to prometheus (not sure if this was a product name, or code name), and now to WebCT VISTA (no relationship to MS vista). I have been following WebCT now for a year, in a support function, but now I am using it as a student. I must say that it is quite interesting!
Friday, Sep 1 2006 12:18 | School
Five more days until my final semester starts....I think I can see the finish line!!!!
I see light! I see light! (at the end of the tunnel!)
Sunday, Jul 9 2006 10:15 | School
Wednesday (July 12) is it! End of the first Summer Session, beginning of my "summer vacation" and the end of my maiden voyage with summer classes. My team and I are presentation (and paper submission) on the World Bank and its treatment of sub-saharan countries (ethical or unethical?)
Final Presentation Tonight! (Change Management)
Thursday, Jun 29 2006 15:05 | School
Final presentation tonight - doing it first so that I can get done early :-)Next couple of weeks everyone else presents so I can sit back and enjoy the show (and focus on my huge Ethic group project)
Is the World Bank Evil?
Tuesday, Jun 20 2006 16:28 | School
So we picked a project for the team presentation/research part of my Business Ethics class (only 2.5 weeks to go! Both excited at the prospect of getting done, and scared that we are not further along! anyway...) The topic: the World Bank. I was pretty impartial about it, it really did not effect me, so I did not care much to investigate into the matter in the past - all I heard is that "the world
The Power to Crush other Kids
Saturday, Jun 10 2006 10:03 | School
Even though I came across pretty hash on my last post regarding the use of presentation technologies (such as powerpoint) they do have a place and a use - the trick is to know when and how to use them to make your presentation very effective. I recently came across this mock-add for macintosh computers: Macintosh: the power to crush other kids. Sometimes when I bring my powerbook to class, and fireup
In Search of a Doctorate (Part Deux)
Friday, Jun 2 2006 08:57 | School
Once I was done with my BA in Computer Science, the tech bubble was leaking air (if not deflated completely!), and I felt a bit burned out from the ultra theoreticalness of my BA experience.When I was talking to one of my friends (whom I respect) who did her undergrad in Business Administration, she told me that an MBA would be a valuable tool, and she was pursuing it. For lack of a better choice,
In search of a Doctorate (Part 1)
Saturday, May 27 2006 09:53 | School
When I was in High School, I knew that going to college was expected of me.I did not really think twice about it. There were two topics that really interested me1) Computers (and computer science)2) Anatomy and Physiology (or how the human body works)When I was in the process of completing my undergrad degree, I decided to just focus on computer science, since going for a medical degree seemed like
Grades are in!
Tuesday, May 23 2006 21:24 | School
Finally!Grades are in!Did well this semester :-)
Thursday, May 18 2006 12:39 | School
So, I've made my decision - I will be graduating this coming December, so in order to do so I will need to go into overdrive mode (or commando mode as it is known in the Art Dept.)This summer I will be taking two courses:1. Business and It's environment (business ethics mostly)2. Organizational Diagnosis & Change (woohoo!)This fall I will be taking:1. Information Systems for Qualitative...blah blah
Tuesday, May 9 2006 09:21 | School
Had my last class last night (for the semester).One Take-home exam, and one small research paper to do and I am scott-free!Time to get crankin' !
Presentations (aka practice makes perfect)
Tuesday, May 2 2006 11:37 | School
I know that some people are just not meant to be public speakers, but placing what you have to say verbatim, on a powerpoint slide is not a presentation!I felt sorry for some of the people that presented last night. No one is perfect, but the slides were really the slides from hell. You needed a microscope to view the text from the back row and what what on the slide was what the presenter actually
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Tuesday, Apr 25 2006 11:34 | School
19 more days of school!...or 4 more class sessions and 2 finals depending on how you see it, I prefer the latter to the former.So what's left?- A presentation in Finance about the Adidas acquisition of Reebok (in Keynote of course)- A final paper for Knowledge Management (regarding the Newton community -- need to finish it up, 1/4 done!)- A final exam for my Finance ClassThen a small break for one
LEARN to present!
Tuesday, Apr 11 2006 16:24 | School
This is a public service announcement for all students, young and old - Please learn to present! No more bowing down and preaching to the powerpoint.LOOK at your audience!Don't overload your powerpoint with textDon't kill me with bullet(points)One of the many resources online: presentation zenPlease check it out! :-)
Tuesday, Apr 11 2006 15:59 | School
34 more days to go until the end of the semester! (and then another one starts...can't wait to be done)Starting my final paper this Thursday and finishing a rough draft by this weekend.Then I am finishing tworough drafts of presentations for two separate classes by this weekend as well.Must...find...time...to....have a life!
My very own Case!
Friday, Apr 7 2006 10:30 | School
Being in Management School (doing my MBA now) is quite different than being in a school of Math and Science (got my BA in computer science).In Business school you read "cases" - sort of like Aesop's tales, but for business students and no fuzzy, furry animals. Well... I have decided to roll my own!I have never written one before, but I am going to solicit help from the wonderful faculty that teach
Wednesday, Apr 5 2006 16:39 | School
Working on several things these days.1. Presentation on the "Knowledge Roles and Skills" aspect of Knowledge Management - Info Systems related2. A paper describing the success of KM in the Apple Newton community - Info Systems related3. A presentation on the Adidas/Reebok merger (must beat Nike!) - Financial Management related4. Still following along (from a distance) with Classical Greek 102 (rough
Is it time for an LIS CAGS?
In the last year or so I’ve been following library blogs to see what other libraries are doing, both public and academic, and how they are evolving as a service point to their constituents. I’ve also looked at librarian jobs in the past, but most jobs with “librarian” in their title require a Master of Library (and Information) Science degree that it accredited by the ALA (American Library