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Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science

October 24th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I complete yet another certificate program. This time it is in Data Science and from Microsoft and EdX. I just finished the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science. This took about 12 weeks and cost me about $500. The Good: I learned… cool tricks with MS Excel how to write SQL queries […]

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Tags: Certification · Education · Learning · MOOC

College Professors Beware—MOOCs are not College

October 13th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips If you are a successful college professor, and someone asks you to turn your course into a MOOC, proceed with great care. These things are not the same. I am currently taking a series of online courses or MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course or is it Massive Online Open Course or is […]

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Tags: Education · Learning · MOOC

MOOCs and Bad Presentations

August 15th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Why do online educators put bad presentations in their courses? I am taking yet another online course. My wish is to show potential employers that despite my advanced age I am not brain dead yet and still actively learning. My current online course—no names mentioned to protect the guilty—brings with it something […]

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Tags: Education · Learning · MOOC

YAC – Yet Another Certification

July 7th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I receive yet another certification. I just passed yet another exam and received yet another certification. Contrary to advertisements, the exam was full of trick questions and didn’t test knowledge of the subject matter. Nevertheless, that is the certification industry, and it is a big $$$ indu$try. I find it a shame […]

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Tags: Certification · Competence · Education · Learning

Education Returns to the 1700s

January 7th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Government-operated schools are failing in the US. The plutocrats are returning to the 1700s by creating their own schools just for their own kids. Government-operated schools are failing us. I don’t need to link to stories about that. There are, of course, exceptions here and there. One of the best indicators of […]

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Tags: Economics · Education

CompTIA Security+

December 7th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Over the weekend, I passed the test for CompTIA Security+ certification. It was probably the worst test I have taken since my junior year of college (back when we scratched answers on cave walls with colored rocks). Anyways, I memorized a bunch of stuff and passed a test. Perhaps this will come […]

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Tags: Computing · Education · Learning · Security

ITIL Foundation Certification

October 29th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I earn a ITIL Foundation-level certification. For the past six or eight years I have heard of ITIL  certification. I didn’t pay much attention to it as I wasn’t an Enterprise IT person and did see a way that I could qualify for it. A recent look at it changed my mind. […]

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Tags: Change · Computing · Education · Employment · Knowledge · Learning

Economy Requires Neglect

June 15th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Unless we are rich, we neglect those persons and things that are far from the normal. Economy requires neglect; sorry. In schools, we have big classes. We try to reach the middle of the class, the group near the center of the normal distribution (we used to call this distribution the “bell […]

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Tags: Choose · Education · General Systems Thinking · Management

Cultural Adjustment and Technology Runaway

April 16th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Technology appears to be changing so fast that culture and jobs cannot keep pace. This leads to a large group of people whose newly acquired skills never give birth to a new job. Culture adjusts to technology. The automobile displaced everyone in the horse and buggy industry. The culture and the economy […]

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Tags: Adapting · Change · Culture · Education · Employment · Technology

The Ever-Growing Digital Divide

April 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The digital divide grows wider as the almost plutocrats are educating their kids in a way that will make the kids the true plutocrats of tomorrow. It appears that many who have become rich in today’s technical world are educating their kids at home. They have every right to do so, and […]

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Tags: Education