July 20, 2013

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MOOCs really can change the world

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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June 21, 2013

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New Programming Tutorial Videos

I’ve updated my http://vimeo.com/ungcs video lesson site – if you’ve taken one of my courses in the past year or read my January post about massively open online courses, you’ve seen my programming tutorials in either Java or JavaScript, but I’ve updated the channel to include a fifth video produced this summer. You can now […]

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May 2, 2013

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Passing 2,500 Followers on Twitter

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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March 21, 2013

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600 Days of Juicing!

Kale Lemon Carrot Juice

I just happened to type the date we started juicing (July 29, 2011) into Excel and noticed it’s exactly 600 days ago today! I can’t believe my beautiful wife Bev and I have been juicing for 600 days – this July will make it 2 years. In that time, I’ve lost 54 pounds – almost […]

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February 27, 2013

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IT Industry Panel Shares Insights at UNG

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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January 13, 2013

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Two online courses, two very different experiences

I jumped into the world of MOOCs (massive open online courses) this past year, taking two very interesting, very worthwhile courses. Both were through coursera.com, both from top-name schools, and I got a lot out of both courses, but they provided very different experiences. The first course, Gamification, was from Prof. Kevin Werbach at UPenn. […]

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October 31, 2012

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Computer Science at North Georgia

Beginning January 2013, the Department of Computer Science will operate as a separate academic unit from the former Department of Math & CS, and I will be serving as the first Department Head of Computer Science (interim) at the new, consolidated university. The new Department of Computer Science will house Bachelor’s degree programs in computer science […]

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September 15, 2012

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Leadership article published in CIO Magazine

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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August 31, 2012

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Teaching an old professor new tricks…

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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July 31, 2012

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Four Tickets into the Middle Class

ticket vending machines

I’m developing a theory that states there are four traditional pathways or “tickets” into the middle class: 1) Get a stable, 40-year job with a growing organization, 2) Be a successful entrepreneur or investor, 3) Have a valuable special talent, and/or 4) Get a relevant university degree. A colleague and friend of mine, Dr. Markus […]

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