This is the main support site for my students taking courses at UBC.
What you will find here:
I have taught a variety of courses for over 30 years for adult learners and university students at every level. Although my main focus has been in the Technology, Media and Professional Programs I have also worked in staff and faculty development.
I am also been a regular participant and frequent contributor to UBC Centre for Teaching Learning and Technology.
In 2010 I was honoured with the UBC Continuing Studies Excellence in Teaching Award
I am a twelve-time recipient of the Microsoft MVP award.
Most Important Question
Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.
Please see: Courses Coming or see detailed course descriptions below.
Receiving Course Grades
A general student may request a Letter of Attendance (which identifies the course taken and grade received) by completing the form at the website http://www.tech.ubc.ca/forms/letter_atten.html
Downloads and Resources
- GO DevMental Developer Resources for Students
- The Developer Movement only in Canada ... for developers
- Microsoft FixIt - automated solutions to common problems
Windows Defender is a free program that helps you stay productive by protecting your computer against pop-ups, slow performance and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software.
Getting Value From Your Course
Top Ten Hints for Getting Value from Your CourseNot long ago I was asked to give a presentation to prospective participants in our Certificate programs. The talk was to include hints on how to get the most out of a course. While these ideas may not apply to all courses, they do apply to mine. Take a minute to consider the following points. Then, if you are still up for a course, then make a decision to be there.
- Being There
What do I mean? - Plan to come, participate, interact, ponder - do the reading and the assignments - and take something of value away from the experience.
What's the Course About?
Read the course description - and ask yourself, "Why do I want to know about this?" If this is a required course for you, then you might ask, "Why is this course part of my program?"
When we get together for the first session of the course, I will review the course objectives. If you have any questions on why the course is relevant to you, then you should ask - during that first session.
What Should I Already Know?
In the course descriptions there are stated prerequisites. The courses are designed around the shared understanding that people coming into the classroom have the appropriate background. We will not take time in the classroom to cover that prerequisite material again, although you can expect me to refer to it frequently while laying the groundwork for related concepts.
What Should I Already Have?
If you will need to use specific software or access to the internet - look for these in the description of technical prerequisites in the course descriptions. The courses are designed with the expectation that you be suitably equipped before coming to the class. (If you are taking a programming course, you will probably need to get a licence for that language or system ahead of time - for example: This is required for Visual Basic or Visual Studio .NET)
For most my courses, you will not need to bring much with you - a pen, some paper and a floppy or zip disk if you want to keep a copy of your class work. (brings snacks if you are hypoglycemic)
No one has time to waste - but arriving a couple of minutes early gives your a mind a chance to catch up with your body so you can be relaxed and focused. This will let you size up the environment - and to make adjustments (make sure you can see, that the seat, monitor and mouse settings are adjusted appropriately).
Starting in the Fall of 2002 no one will be admitted after a class has commenced. This is to respect the commitment of the majority of students who are ready when the class is scheduled to begin.
Perhaps the best (and often the most challenging to answer) - are the "Why?" questions. These are also the most fun to explore in the classroom. If you have a different kind of question - ask that one too! Having the opportunity to discuss things in a learning environment is one of the best reasons to attend a learning experience. Make the most of it.
are the Time Commitments?
The time we will have in the class/lab setting is relatively short (typically 6-21 hours for any one course). Plan to spend at invest that much time again outside the classroom on personal study and assignments. (For a 6 hour course, plan on working at least another 6 hours on your own to get the maximum value from the experience).
If you don't have the time for this commitment - then take the course when you do.
do I Prepare? (Research / Background Material)
In my courses, I focus on activities and discussions that convey value in a face-to-face setting. I also provide references to material that you can access outside the class. Plan to commit another 50% of the scheduled course time to exploring these resources.
Most of the courses involve some form of evaluation instrument (assignment or test). This will likely require a commitment of 50-100% of the time you spend in the classroom with me. For example - for a 6 hour course, plan to invest up to another 3-6 hours on your assignment. This will be due within a week of the end of the course.
[Well aside from satisfying some need to prove that 'you were there', ]
Doing the assignment
- Will help you to consolidate and apply the concepts from the course.
- Is actually a part of the learning process.
Moreover, applying what you have learned in the classroom within a week of the last session will have a tremendous impact on what you actually retain over time
5 Tips to Organize Your Mind
How to Get the Most Out of Studying: Metacognition — Samford University Dr. Steven Chew
Thought Provoking Ideas in Cartoon
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