How many of these abbreviations do you use in your messaging? Which abbreviations are not on my list? TNX M8!
I was asked to list my 10 favourite web sites. This is difficult to answer as the World Wide Web is an integral part of my professional and personal life.
I have many favourite and interesting sites so here is a selection of ten sites for your exploration.
Instagram. Isn’t this some sort of social media thing that young people use to share photos of their food, browsing the latest fashions or posting daring selfies?
I like using Instagram which may come as a surprise to younger readers as I am a Baby Boomer and much older than the typical teenager or 20-something who have naturally embraced this social network.
Instagram is my personal photography gallery – a place where I can showcase my work to the world as well as looking at the photos of others.
This is the video I submitted as my project for the Digital Storytelling online course from the University of Houston.
This story shows how technology has affected the way I have watched and enjoyed movies. This includes cinema, television, VCR, DVD, computers, internet and now iPad. As technology develops how will the experience of watching movies change and affect the relationship with film?
Watch the video and see for yourself. The duration is 5’33” and you can read the transcript later i n the article.
I am presenting at the ASTC (Australian Society of Technical Communicators) Annual Conference in Sydney on the 18th October 2014.
This article gives a summary of my talk and links to useful resources and example videos referenced in my presentation
What is it like to learn the skill of computer programming? This was the question in a recent online Python programming course. Students were asked to respond to an essay question on the challenges of learning to program, so here are my thoughts.
Some people think computer programming is difficult to learn because they are “not good at logic” or “not a computer person”. Taking an attitude that programming is hard will prevent learning.
Programming is a cognitive skill, like doing mathematics problems, writing English or drawing. It is possible to learn these skills with the right attitude, perseverance and time to learn and explore.
Python is a scripting language that runs on Windows, Unix, MacOS and a variety of other devices like Raspberry Pi. Python is freely available and suited for a very wide range of tasks – system administration, web programming, databases, calculations and graphical interfaces. I recommend Python to anyone who wants to learn to program. Here’s why:
I am taking the free online course Web Science: How the web is changing the world. Its goal is to explore how the web has changed our world in the past 25 years and what might happen next.
The first exercise asked me to reflect on my use of the Web and evaluate its impact on my life. I was given a web based tool to analyse my recent browsing history which generates a pie chart showing the most frequently visited web sites. I was then asked to answer four questions.
Over the last 12 month I have become a big fan of learning in a MOOC – Massively Open Online Course. I have taken these courses on the Coursera platform where I watch videos, do quizzes to check my understanding, participate in discussion forums and complete assignments – multiple choice questions or peer-assessed written responses.
I recently started a course on the History of Rock Music which was covered in a recent news story on Yahoo. This course is run by Professor John Covach of the University of Rochester and his comments appear in the article.
After I left university I wanted to learn some Arts subjects to balance my Science degree. In the 1980’s the way to do this was to enroll in an adult education class. This involved attending a class on a weeknight evening and listening to a qualified person give a lesson. Sometimes there was some discussion involved but generally there was very little interaction with other students.
I took a course titled Looking at Art which ran for one evening a week for about 4 to 6 weeks. An art teacher gave some interesting talks and projected colour slides of art works. She organized a Saturday excursion to the Art Gallery of NSW which I attended and had a lot of fun. I made some new friends on this excursion as well.
A couple of years later I took an Introduction to Psychology course organized by the WEA which was interesting, but rather challenging to attend. Classes were held in the city on Monday evenings and I drove in, and found a parking spot in a side street. I didn’t make any friends in that course and there were no discussions, just a lecture.
Now I am continuing the “adult education” and pursuing courses of general interest in a global classroom. I discovered the Coursera web site and have now completed three courses – Listening to World Music (University of Pennsylania), Introduction to Digital Sound Design (Emory University), Introduction to Music Production (Berklee College of Music).
Other courses I am looking forward to are Maps and the Geospatial Revolution (I love maps!), Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas and Introduction to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists where I will learn about the ChucK programming language for audio.
What I like about online learning is the total flexibility in when and where I watch the videos. I can pause or replay a video, download the transcript to use as lecture notes, and interact with other students in the forums. I am currently enrolled in a 4 week course on Teaching Adult Learners on Open2Study.com – a collaboration of Australia tertiary institutions.