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I’m Baaaaaaaack!

Yes indeed, your friendly “professional development guru” has returned from a crash course on motherhood. I enjoyed my 12 weeks of “mommy-time,” however, I’m ready to be back at work using my brain muscles for things other than just changing diapers and soothing a crying baby! That is hard work! With that said, I am open for business. To refresh everyone’s memory about what I do here, I’ve compiled a quick list: (more…)

Blogging the conference life…

Fantastic use of blogs for education…tracking your movement through the maze of an academic conference session. “Walk” with Shelley Rodrigo, MCC faculty of English, this week as she attends and documents her experience at the CCCC conference.

Piratey Version of Martin’s Post

I’ve worked with Martin for almost 8 years now (gee I’m not that old), and when we shared office space and were working on some project together occassionally he’d slip into frustration with a growl that went something like “Arggh!!” — Just like a pirate. So anyway for lack of other material to post, and in honor of his style of getting things done under frustration at times, I ran his narrative blog post this week through the pirate talk translator: http://www.syddware.com/cgi-bin/pirate.pl

Read on to see how it sounds on paper…I can’t help but laugh 😀


Digital Content Expanding

A couple of recent articles about the amount of Digital Content in the world caught my eye…


Clean Sheet Day

So there I was… cold sweat running down my left cheek, tingling sensation in my lips, clammy hands, and freezing fingertips. A dim screen in front of me displayed details of the server startup procedures. There were many green “OK” messages scrolling up almost too quickly too read as the programs started up. Suddenly a red “FAILED” slid passed, then another, and another, and then the words that would make any sysadmin forget about all the sand is his shoes… kernel panic. (more…)

Software As a Service and Service With A Smile

More and more traditional desktop applications are finding ways of living on the web via the Web 2.0 hype. (Please bear in mind that I’m going with the flow of people who are classifying the next generation of web applications with this sometimes publicly scorned misnomer). What this means is that software that you normally have to purchase from a retail store contained in a shrink-wrapped box or download an installer file from a website can now be hosted by the developer on a web page. I suppose this is good and bad for a few reasons:


Windows Media In Mac OS X

I’ve not had a chance to fully play with this yet to see the implications, but what it does indicate is a move towards media that just works regardless of your platform of choice. QuickTime, Flash, RealMedia, and Windows Media have been duking it out for a while now. Microsoft is now providing free of charge a component you can download that allows Mac users using QuickTime as their player of choice to be able to play Windows Media Files. It’s actually made by a company called Flip4Mac and you can purchase their full version if you want to CREATE WMV files on your Mac. (more…)

Speaker: Applying for Residential Faculty Jobs

Dr. Christine Hall, District Director of Employment & Recruitment, came to speak to our adjunct faculty on Monday and the response was wonderful! We had more than 35 attendees from a wide range of disciplines come to get tips on how to best apply for residential faculty positions at Maricopa County Community Colleges.


PowerPoint Criticized as PowerPoint classes begin

PowerPoint often gets bad reviews by educational psychologists and graphic designers such as Edward Tufte (mentioned in Brad’s earlier blog). They claim it is harming teaching and learning. I would like to address the criticisms of Edward Tufte as listed in the Wikipedia article about him. (more…)

Fight Or Flight In Online Learning

I’m not about to become an authority on the subject of constructivism, but one of the challenges with early online learning where instructors who knew their subjects very well but didn’t understand how less-productive it could be to just toss students into an online learning environment and expect that their instincts would take over and they would just ‘figure it out’. Most distance-learning students (including myself) have a certain amount of online survival mechanism built in that very closely mimics survival in the real world.