End of CFHE12
Well, another MOOC is now complete! I still have a few more readings in Pocket to go through, blogs from fellow bloggers. I have to say that the materials in this MOOC weren't a revelation for me. I have encountered these topics before in my professional career, especially more recently when topics like MOOCs and alternative credentialing and badges are hot topics. If I already knew
Translation - random thoughts
A number of years ago I was approached by a firm to do a translation. A one page bureaucratic document that that to do with excise taxes. I was quite excited to be approached for this, although I borked the translation. I spent way too much time sweating the somewhat difficult stuff (like all the crazy acronyms found in the document) that I mistranslated big time units to small time units. Oh well.
Death of a CoP
I was reading this blog post earlier this month about the collapse of the TR-DEV community of practice on an eLearning blog.Now Communities of Practice (or CoP) is something of an interest to me. In the MBA program I viewed it from the lens of enabling employees to share knowledge within the company. In the Instructional Design program I've created a CoP of faculty, students and alumni as a space to
Modest Program Recommendations
OK, so it's the end of the semester, I've completed two whole classes in applied linguistics and I have spoken to many people about the program - classmates and faculty alike. I've gotten to find out what my classmates' plans are post graduation and so on. Some of my classmates are going into teaching (or remaining in teaching) while others like me are considering a PhD route.Now, the program is structured
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