I dream of PhD
The issue of a PhD (or EdD, or D.B.A.) has come up many times in recent years. After I graduated with an M.B.A. and I applied for the M.Sc. program the question was "why don't you go for a PhD?" I thought about it, but I didn't really find something that satisfied my intellectual curiosity.Once I got my M.S., and I applied for an M.A. and an M.Ed. the same question became even louder from friends,
Why I've given up on Microsoft Office.
Now, don't get me wrong. At work I use Microsoft Office for the Mac and for Windows on a daily basis. It's a necessary evil. People just send me attachments in the all too familiar doc, xls and ppt formats. When the clock strikes 5 and I get off work, that's where MS Office and I part ways.As a student it just doesn't make sense to pay $150 for the student edition of Microsoft Office! If you're a non-student
It's official: this is a lame duck semester
Well, registration period is now open for the Spring semester. I logged into the student system yesterday and I registered for my Spring classes - all of them Applied Linguistics. By the end of Spring 2009 I will be half-way done with both Instructional Design and Applied Linguistics.With registration complete, I can't help but feel that this is now a lame duck semester. It is true that I still have
Why do blue book exams still persist?
ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE: clickMy Personal opinion is that Blue Books are great. They allow you to THINK before you write. Editing is a great feature but it all too often is abused when people just 'vomit' their thoughts on paper and never bother editing their papers well. I also like blue books for the same reason that I like reading paper books and not ebooks - no need for electricity.ARTICLE:UNC trying
Back to blogging (about classes)
I started this blog last summer so that I could use it for two of my instructional design classes and it's been dormant since the end of the semester. I thought of integrating the content with my main blog, but what the heck, I may as well just use this!This semester I was not able to afford any instructional design classes. The university pays 45-50% of the tuition for ID classes, and I pay the rest.
Reflections of an Online student
Wed, Jul 16 2008 12:05 | INSDSG619
When I signed up for this class, I knew what to expect, up to a certain point, because I had already taken a hybrid class a couple of years ago that relied heavily on Prometheus (the system that was in place before Blackboard). The one concern was that I wasn't sure how the whole assignment creation, submission, grading aspect would work. My hybrid class was big on actual deliverables, and did not
Google Maps Mashup (Salem, MA)
Thu, Jun 19 2008 19:23 | INSDSG605
I like to take photos, either on my 5MP Sony digital camera, or my 3MP mobile phone camera. Most times it's just sights and objects in my every day life. My goal is to get a high quality (10MP or more) DSLR :-)View Larger Map
Tue, Jun 10 2008 17:29 | INSDSG640
UMass Boston's Mission can be found Here, and it has as its tenets Access, Excellence, Public Service, Innovation, Economic Development and Quality of Life.An e-learning project that may go well hand in hand with the University's Mission is an information literacy curriculum that can be accessible not only to members of the UMass Boston community (students, staff, and faculty) but also to the broader
Week 2: Reflections Part II
Thu, Jun 5 2008 21:40 | INSDSG619
1) Anderson cites studies that claim that effective instruction is learner centered, knowledge centered, assessment centered, and community centered. Given these dimensions, what impact does technology mediation have on instruction?I would say that technology mediation positively affects instruction in these areas, for both hybrid and purely online courses.Through
Week 2 Reflections Part III
Thu, Jun 5 2008 10:55 | INSDSG619
Is there any validity to the arguments of David Noble, Hubert Dreyus, and Mark Bauerline or are they just curmedgeony Luddites?I can't really lump everyone in the same category so I will break this down:Bauerline:I don't thin he is a Luddite because, as he said, he does indeed use technology. I was left with my jaw hanging after listening to the interview. From what he said, I think that