Posts Tagged ‘professional development’

Expert 2.0

“Read outside your field,” suggests Wally Bock: Some of the most powerful, breakthrough ideas happen when you adopt practices that are common in other fields. It’s a good tip. And in the comments, Adi Gaskell notes: Many of their solutions are provided by people working outside of their normal field of expertise. Also true and […]

Free online education opportunity from Stanford University

Stanford University has been offering a number of their advanced classes online. I’ve signed up for their Model Thinking course, which starts next month, with Dr. Scott Page. I’ve benefited from e-learning programs presented by Dr. Page before and his presentations are excellent. Although the material can be complex, Dr. Page is a model for […]

Teaching, Redefined

I’ve encountered, many times, references to teaching as an “art” in the courses that are part of CSU’s Online Teaching and Learning Masters program. Most often, these references occur in the discussion forums. This isn’t a particularly useful or accurate way to think about the profession. Its self-limiting and implies the profession can only be […]

Research Citation Lifespan – II

In a previous post, I made the following point regarding the downside of arbitrarily placing a five year expiration date on research citations: Depending how you look at it, The Five Year Rule either exacerbates or supports the “publish or parish” death march. If research work has a shelf life of five years before its […]

Research Citation Lifespan

Made an interesting discovery recently regarding research citations. Apparently, all research has an expiration date…sort of. As originally presented in my Masters program at CSU Global, citing research older than five years would not be viewed very favorably by the Thesis Committee. Specifically, the professor offered this in the discussion forum: “Always strive to obtain […]

A Return to Blogging

You might think this post would show up as the very first one. But then, you’d be mistaken. Life is sloppy, even when it goes well. I’ve been away from blogging for a little more than three years. The previous experience was an unabashed and fully disclosed experiment, a space for creativity, a “space where […]

LinkedIn and Dunbar’s Number

The fact I avoid much of the social networking that takes place on the Internet is a feature, not a bug. MySpace and Facebook look like blogging with cool features that someone else controls. As for Twitter, I think Joel Spolsky (2010) has it about right, Although I appreciate that many people find Twitter to […]

Everyone is a student, everyone is a teacher

A Buddhist proverb reads, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” I have found this to be true and it marks one of the many ways in which my life has been fortunate. As is often the case with proverbs, there is a corollary which is equally true: “When a student appears, the […]