Archive for November, 2015


November 30, 2015 Leave a comment

Behind! Backed-up! Swamped! I fell a little behind with my courses on University of the People (UofP). Out-of-town for a few days and had a very weak and slow internet connection.  In fairness, I spent almost 4 hours trying to get stuff completed before I gave-up.

Amazing how bad and behind, the internet is in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I wonder if students in other countries across the globe have the same issue.

Coffee brewing, time to work.

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University of the People – Week 1.5

November 22, 2015 Leave a comment

So, I am a week and a half into it. For the most part, I have enjoyed the courses so far.

A few reflections:

  • I can see how people have difficulty managing time (especially working full-time and having other commitments). There just isn’t time to spend (waste) deliberating a forum post or learning journal entry. Important to get the outline of what you want to write, write, review/proof, and post.  I can’t imagine procrastination is rewarded.
  • If the concept is not clear in your head, it probably won’t come be clear on paper, forum post, blog post, or journal entry.
  • Maybe online learning is not for me. I think everyone goes through this at some point.
  • Be efficient.

I think I see a theme emerging – work efficiently and effectively. The same can be said for most things like work, managing projects, and online learning.

University of the People Journey!

November 8, 2015 Leave a comment

I was recently accepted into the University of the People – Computer Science Associate’s degree Program. I am excited about this new journey and have decided to chronicle it here. For those unfamiliar with the University, you can get an idea what it’s all about here and here.  In short, it is a tuition free (fees still apply) online university.

For sometime, I had been looking to take courses in computer science and programming with the goal of pursuing employment in this area (transitioning out of housing and property management).  After considering a few options, I choose UofPeople because:

  • Opportunity to gain tech skills and knowledge
  • Connect with others across the globe
  • Affordability (For the record, I did not apply for a scholarship for the fees, there are others more in need than myself)
  • Flexibility of online courses

My motivation for applying was not to get a degree (although this is nice), but to learn more about computer science and programming. Of course, I was hoping to take the Fundamentals of Programming my first semester, but I am “stuck” in globalization. In my past life, I was an international relations/comparative politics person, so I am kind of excited about the course.

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