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I’m Right versus I’m Learning

July 17th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A problem with being right is that learning tends to cease. There is a problem with being right or being on the right side in many senses of the phrase: learning tends to cease or at least greatly decrease. Consider what I used to tell boys when I coached them in various […]

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Tags: Change · Learning

Best Schools, Less Ruin

June 26th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The best schools: do they teach any better or simply ruin fewer students? Ah, here is yet another list of the best schools (this one is about computer science). I didn’t attend any of these as I could not afford it. Rich kids go to these schools. Their rich parents’ extraordinary tuition […]

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Tags: Education · Learning

Agile and the Kitchen

June 19th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips In which I consider what happens in a kitchen and ask, “what was it those guys with the manifesto invented?” For years, my wife has managed kitchens in all-volunteer organizations. For years before that, my wife’s mother did the same. Consider the situation: There is unprepared food There is an end-state—prepared food […]

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Tags: Adapting · Adults · Agility · Learning · Observation

Artificial Intelligence and Other Misused Terms

June 15th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I realize that my plea won’t do any good, but could we please use the right terms in describing “artificial intelligence?” Everybody is doing artificial intelligence (AI) these days. Really? Consider… Artificial intelligence Deep Learning Machine Learning Neural Networks Pattern Recognition The vast majority of what people call AI today is really […]

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Tags: Computing · Learning · Technology

Analog Had Its Advantages

March 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Somteimes I miss the analog days. They covered a lot of my mistakes. Handwritten notes let me fudge and smudge and avoid mistakes—like spelling. I could smudge the “i” and the “e” together and put the dot of the “i” somewhere in the middle, and no one could tell that I didn’t […]

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Tags: Knowledge · Learning · Technology · Work · Writing

Free Knowledge

November 14th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips O’Reilly creates a large section of “free” books on technology. Once again, they have raised expectations of other publishers. I have long liked O’Reilly publishing. At first, the books with the excellent sketches of animals caught my eye. The content was usually as good or better than the covers. I attended a […]

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Tags: Knowledge · Learning · Library · Publishing

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

Expanding the AI Problem Set

September 5th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips First you work on a small problem set. Once you learn from that, you expand the problem set. Google recently started hiring speakers with accents to help train its speech recognition software systems. Why didn’t they do this sooner? Why did they only use middle-America, white-bread Americans, or some other Johnny Carson, […]

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Tags: Adapting · General Systems Thinking · Learning · Problems · Process

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