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Building Mobile Apps for Fun and Profit

March 1, 2014

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Wow! I’ve got 62 students in two sections of Mobile App Development this semester at UNG, the most popular computer science elective we’ve ever offered! We’re programming apps in Android and iOS, and having a blast! It’s so popular, we’ve added a new Minor in Mobile App Development that starts this Fall 2014 – CSCI […]

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Building the next Facebook/Twitter/etc.

November 1, 2013

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The tools to build the next billion-user app (like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, GMail, etc.) are more easily within reach than ever before – in fact, perhaps they’re within reach for the first time, ever. Just ten years ago (2003), there was no Facebook (it first went online in 2004), no Twitter (2006), no YouTube (2005), […]

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Making Ethical Decisions

September 24, 2013

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I gave a presentation today for Junior Achievement to 250 high school students from surrounding counties during their visit to UNG thanks to the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership in the Mike Cottrell College of Business. It was an honor to be able to share my perspective on ethical decision-making with future college students […]

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$30 per month iPhone 5 with unlimited text/data

August 5, 2013

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I don’t usually advertise on my site, but I do advocate saving and investing, so I’m posting my personal experience with switching from AT&T to Virgin Mobile cell phone service. My close friend and colleague Dr. Markus Hitz has been a Virgin Mobile customer for several years, happy with their coverage here in Dahlonega, and […]

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MOOCs really can change the world

July 20, 2013

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Massive, open, online courses (MOOCs) have been a novelty trying to find a business model, but that could be changing. Having free, top-quality courses from Harvard, MIT, Georgia Tech, UPenn, has an obvious appeal. Until recently, though, there wasn’t a great deal of evidence that MOOCs were significantly contributing to educational outcomes for either traditional […]

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Passing 2,500 Followers on Twitter

May 2, 2013

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In the two months since Randstad’s Social Media Director, Mr. Scott Graham (http://twitter.com/ScottGraham9), gave an outstanding guest lecture in my MBA course on Information Management (MGMT 6610), I’ve followed just a few of his many tips and insights, and it’s paid off measurably. I’ve been active in social media for more than a decade, but […]

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IT Industry Panel Shares Insights at UNG

February 27, 2013

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IT Industry Panel Speakers

We had a great number of our 350+ computer science and information systems majors turn out for the IT Industry Panel discussion at the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega campus. Seven industry insiders, from IBM and CareerBuilder.com all the way to local IT firms in Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Cumming shared their experience and insights with […]

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Leadership article published in CIO Magazine

September 15, 2012

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Last month, I made the transition from Chief Information Officer (CIO) here at North Georgia back to my tenured position as an associate professor in computer science & information systems. This month, an article I submitted to CIO magazine this past year was published. You can access the article here: What Would the Next CIO […]

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Teaching an old professor new tricks…

August 31, 2012

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Coursera Gamification Course Online

I’m taking a class this semester through Coursera.org (http://coursera.org), one of the growing number of university partnerships to offer massively online, open, free college-level courses to anyone, anywhere. The course I’m taking is Gamification – applying game elements to non-game situations. In my case, I’m interested in finding new ways to make computer science more […]

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Leaving a Legacy of Leadership

May 25, 2012

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Closing speech for the 2012 University System of Georgia L3:Summit Student leaders, university system colleagues, thank you for the opportunity to share this closing speech to what has been an incredible week of leadership training here at the L3:Summit. You’ve heard advice from leaders like Chancellor Huckaby, you’ve participated in training and team-building exercises provided […]

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