Club-Admiralty

v6.2.3 - moving along, a point increase at a time

My load is about to get lighter!

With spring break coming up next week (and taking half of it off from work), I am on final approach as far as the capstone is concerned. I've printed out two copies of the final draft and I and another edit will sit down over the week of Spring Break and edit this thing to a form that is good enough to hand in. I say "good enough" and not perfect because I don't believe that anything can reach perfection
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Why Grad school is like Kindergarten

I think humor will get me through this semester :-)Does this reflect your grad school experiences?
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Στο Τρέξιμο! (on the run?)

As we all know some expressions don't translate. From now until Spring Break I am, as the Greeks would say, στο τρέξιμο - meaning very very busy! If you've been following my twitter stream, you probably know that I just finished round 2 proof-reading of my capstone project for the Instructional Design degree. I still need to commit the changes to the electronic version, print it out once
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Semiotics - in practice

A while back I had posted a picture of a road sign (probably also from the failblog) which showed male genitals and a big giant NO to spanking the monkey. At the time I wondered what exactly could have driven the polish government (or private company for that matter since I don't know if this is a national road sign) to create such a prohibition. Was spanking the monkey while driving such a huge problem
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Cold, Hard Empiricism

OK, I figured that since today is a holiday, and yesterday was Valentine's Day, a little humor (courtesy of xkcd) is in order :-)
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Outsourcing Language Learning?

I was reading this article on InsideHigherEd the other day about Drake University's "Outsourcing" of language learning. In short they replaced formal classes lead by tenured faculty (or just faculty who had second language acquisition experience) with the following:small discussion groups led by on-campus native speakers, a weekly session with a scholar of the language, a one-semester course on language
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Week 3 of 13!

OK, so Week 3 of 13 is upon us! This is quite a busy semester! I am working on furiously on proofreading and editing my 100+ page (single space) capstone project - I could trim about 7 pages or so of just pure theory at the beginning, and about 10 pages of justification of why I used certain things in my design document, but that's half the fun of the project ;-)In other areas, weekly article critiques
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Where to go for food?

When I was an undergraduate, and I had more disposable income, I did actually spend a lot of my disposable income in eating out. As a grad student (with considerably less disposable income), I tend to bring food from home. The above comic put a smile on my face because it reminded me both of my undergrad days and the current grad days. I have to say that the "cost" curve on this is a little off for
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Liars, Damned Liars and Statisticians

Pretty funny! (I wonder if the writer was looking at the Massachusetts Elections when creating this)
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One week post conference

It's been a week since the CIT conference where I presented on academic communities of practice and engaging students outside the classroom. I have to say that the experience was pretty enlightening. I do like getting in front of people and sharing what I know with the group, but this particular experience has encouraged me participate in future CIT conferences and in other conferences both at UMass
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