GenCon 2012 Recap!

This time around Adam wanted to try pre-GenCon events. A series of roleplaying game events hosted at a brewpub in the area. I said what the hell so we headed out on Tuesday, so we could be in Indy on Wednesday.

Flight & Hotel was simple enough. After Steak & Shake for dinner, (which I had a grilled Chicken salad, cause eating was only going go down hill from there) we clocked some Zs. Pre-GenCon gaming started bright and early.

Wednesday (August 15th) Day -1:

We get to Scotty’s @ 9am. There was some initial confusion but we got setup and ready to roll.

First Roleplaying game, Hillbilly Heroes….. I played Cinder Block (which turned out to be woman). Super Strength and extra boost brought on by drinking beer (aka – a can whoop ass). We went back in time, fought dinosaurs. Good times! Very rules light and just fun.

Highlight: My first face to face roleplaying experience in 5 – 10 years. Cinder Block throwing Cletus (Adam) down the month of a T-Rex.

Second Roleplaying game, Outbreak Undead. Me and Adam saw this game at GenCon 2010. This zombie RPG is cool in that you build characters based on taking a quiz online. For this game, we just used the GM’s pre-generated characters. This game was OUTSTANDING! A total blast. We had 7 players and we laid smack down. The goal was to find grub, we did that with almost no problem, no one got bit (or diseased anyway). We had so much time left we were able to go out and explore the rest of town, leaving our stronghold intact. The outing was just as fun. Very tempted to pick up this game.

Highlights: 2 long rang shots with a 357 Magnum, with less than 30% chance to hit. Out of 4 shots, I missed 1.

Third Roleplaying game, X-Crawl. Also OUTSTANDING! So this game is based in the “modern” world. However, All the fantasy stuff still exists. Monsters, magic, etc. For Entertainment, groups of adventures got into dungeons called X-Crawls. Has a Running Man (Arnold

Schwarzenegger , 80s) feel to it. Cameras, cheering fans, sponsors, etc. The party win prizes like a game show, but its lethal. If a character dies and can’t be resurrected, game OVER. You can get sponsors, play to the audience etc. We went into the dungeon with a full party name:

Snatch & Grab. I took the Mage. The Bard took a beating and ultimately, didn’t make it. Due to issues with disarming traps, The Rogue took a lot of damage, but managed to survive. Snatch & Grab manage to clear out two rooms. In that time we won:

  • 15k in Gold = which was about $45,000 in real money
  • A year supply of TV dinners
  • Some magic weapons
  • And mega healing potions

Day minus 1 set the bar pretty high!

In between games we ran over to pick up our badges and tickets. Ok so the VIG thing was pretty nice. There is definitely a price for convenience. No Will Call night, free soda/water, and the lounge. And no wait tickets for events.


Thursday (August 16th) Day 1:

Day 1! As VIG we got into the Hall an hour before the general population. I guest-imate there were probably 1500 VIGs/Companions waiting to get into the Hall. They split the line and got us in from two different entrances. And….  “THEY’RE OFF!”

I hit the Wizkids booth first for a Ninja Shop. Then my own shop at the Wyrd Booth. Wyrd is switching to plastics and so my Resurrectionist didn’t make. I snagged a book for me, a book for someone else and an Avatar Nicodem so I could get over $100 & snag the free fig.

From there, Off to the Privateer Booth. There wasn’t anything on the list for me here, but I had a few ninja shops. I had to hit this booth before the door open or I wouldn’t get what I promised people I would. So I snagged stuff from there.

Next, CoolMiniOrNot’s booth. I got all of the releases for Super Dungeon Explore & the 3rd Edition of the Ravage Magazine. This is a pretty good magazine. Nice look at feel, plus some decent articles all on gaming stuff, mostly miniatures.

I decided to check out the free D&D dice thing. Waaaaaaay more complicated than they made it out to be. If you were already planning on playing in the events, the dice were a bonus. If not…… It was going to cost you a few bucks per dice IF you can get into the events. I managed to squeeze in and snag the D12 and the D20, the character build and playtest events. I hit the D6 room and signed up for the D&Dnext playtest. That was my Dice hunting for the day. I’d try Friday for the remaining dice.

Next up was my ShadowRun event. I was really looking forward to an intro to ShadowRun and the ShadowRun system. Didn’t really happen. We made characters, did some combat. Fortunately we were able to see an example of Magic, Hacking (Technomancer) & shooting. There were a few problems here: The people…. Two people were pretty bitter because the description said nothing was required. Valid Complaint…. We used the Runner’s ToolKit stuff to assemble the characters and there are references to the main rulebook, some people brought it. They didn’t bring dice! No dice! WHAT! To an RPG session, who doesn’t bring dice! There was a lady there that was really there just to build a character, she runs events and stuff so she was way beyond the group, and had to flex that or ask questions outside of scope. There was the GM & some random guy. The random guy was somewhat helpful. There was a guy that got upset and left, I missed what that was about. Overall, not the best. Day -1 set the bar kind of high.

After that dinner with Matt @ Fogo de Chao (http://www.fogodechao.com/index.php?id=160). Um…. WOW! Wasn’t really ready for this experience. I hadn’t eaten in a while so that’s a good thing. This is a Brazilian Restaurant. I knew something was up when the guy offered 3 or 4 different types of water. My reply, “Tap, please.” For those not familiar with this type of restaurant, you get a salad bar, then you get side dishes brought to your table, mashed potatoes, fried bananas, & something else I don’t recall the name of. They refill as you run out. Then there’s meat, lots, and lots of meat! I had 4 different cuts & was stuffed. Matt had two of those cuts but went buck wild with sausage and lamb. You have a coaster with two sides, red (No more meat!) Green (Keep it coming!) The meal ended with papaya icecream. One of the best meals I’ve head in a long time. Adam says there’s a similar restaurant in Portland, Need to scout that out.

Friday (August 17th) Day 2:

Day 2 – Today’s plan, True Dungeon and a superhero zombie RPG. But I’ve got time before all that happens. So I hit the hall, I snag the D4 from the Wizards of the Coast Booth & a some zombie figs to use as mindless zombies in my Malifaux Res army. Then I head over to the D8 & D10 booths. That doesn’t work out so well. The waits to TRY and get into games and the games themselves are going to conflict with other stuff, so I bail.

I got to Rotting capes. An Zombie super hero RPG. This game was interesting to me because of the clock mechanic. A little hard to explain via a blog entry, but it was interesting enough. Game was fun. Me and Adam had to bail early to get to the True Dungeon stuff. Got there, got in a group, got into the first dungeon. How this works is you get a bag of random tokens, You select your character class (fighter, rouge, wizard, etc.) then use the tokens to give you bonuses just like in D&D. People trade & give you stuff to make you not suck. Some items are one use items, etc. The first group wasn’t so hot. We were pretty slow and took damage from failing to resolve the rooms quickly enough. I was the rouge and got to do this puzzle in some of the rooms that worked like operation. Did very well my first 3, then went down hill and missed my last 2. In the first dungeon, lived through it, didn’t beat it. The best part was being charmed by the boss and being pulled out of combat and force to defend the final boss.

We got our rewards and then went and hit the second one. This one went waaaaaay better. We didn’t have a lot of experience but enough. We were fast (and lucky). We made it to the end and beat the final boss.

Oh combat, it’s like shuffle board. You slide a puck down a board to determine if you hit and how much damage you do.

So at this point I begin to realize….. 5 days of GenCon, might be to much. I was beat from navigating the hall and then True Dungeon.

Saturday (August 18th) Day 3:

I skipped the Super Dungeon Explore event at 10am to make another run at the D&D dice. Those hopes were dashed fairly quickly! Lines were stupid, I’ll have to keep an eye out and see if they show up on ebay (not costing an army and leg). There’s a set on ebay for $60. I’m sure more will pop up later.

So I just wandered the Hall. Picked up some shirts, did a demo of Wrath of Kings & picked up the Outbreak Undead RPG. I did end up sitting at Super Dungeon Explore demo area and chatting with a few people. Asked some questions about things I wasn’t sure about, mostly about when the bosses come out. Also realized I didn’t need to buy EVERYTHING that came out. But now I’ve got some duplication.

I may have fallen into the zombie mythos. Not completely and or totally into the zombie thing, but this RPG is very cool. I snagged everything they’ve produced and sat in on a game being run last night. With the game from last night and game I played in on Wednesday (which seems like forever ago!) I’ve got a decent handle on the rules.

I’ve been thinking about how I can make RPG’ing possible. I’ve got some ideas. Most likely delusions of grandeur. But hey! King of unrealistic expectations, at your service.

Beyond the wandering around, The costume contest. It was very cool, some outstanding costumes. Little boy Batman being pushed by his dad in a bat mobile. With winged backpack and he says, “I’m bat man!” It’s hard to beat a cute kid in a costume contest. But the giant World of Warcraft Orc thing managed to do it. It was in a cheer off and it was close.

After that, the comic comedy improv show. Can’t provide much detail on this as Rate R would be a bit of an understatement. However, Dr. Who did propose to his girlfriend in the middle. She was bit surprised and did say yes. I got to be be Poseidon and curse the male actor, so that when he turned into a woman to be a super hero. Yep, that’s about all I can really say, oh and tony stark (cosplay) was there.

Sunday (August 19th) Day 4:

Legs hurt like hell! This has been a lot of walking. Walking at a hurried place in most cases. Sleeping will most like be messed up for quite some time. I sound like an ole lady! But it’s been hella worth it! Good tymes!

So Sunday I got into a game of Super Dungeon Explore, that didn’t end well. Heroes got STOMPED. It’s a fun though.

Did my final round through the hall & snagged a few final items.

You know you are beat when you don’t hang around in the hall to hear them announce the end of GenCon.

Reflection:

It was just me and Adam this time. While it made the overall endeavor more expensive we had an awesome time! We did a lot of events together but manged to find time to roll solo. Most certainly a good tyme and its always fun when Adam is around.

A fair share of locals attended and so I spent time hanging out with them. Thanks Matt for the food induced coma!

There are no plans for a third visit.

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That’s more like it….. A month between updates.

I’ll start by saying, I am the master of unrealistic expectations!

For some reason I thought, two classes over summer would be….. Yes, easy! There, I said it. EASY! (I mean I’m not teaching right, not grading, no time on campus doing lectures) What the hell was I thinking?! Not even close!

The governance class has been kicking my butt. I am doing 3 to 4 assignments a week & as you might imagine then are not simple, in any way shape or form. All that deep thought, heavy analysis and citing the work of people that prove my point.

The leadership class has not been as bad. Mostly reading and reporting on what I read. I have a mega-paper due very soon that will probably take hours, upon hours to write. There has been considerable  overlap in the governance class with stuff from the first class in my core (The Community College) and the Leadership class. So there is a lot of reinforcement of concepts I am in the process of absorbing. Not a ton of new concepts and definitely not what I expected out of the class.

Regardless, it ends on Monday, August 13th. I am going out of town on August 14th (I’ll get to that in a moment) and WILL have all of my classwork done before I leave.

I am signed up for my last two core classes, which start in Sept. So I will get some time off from school work to focus on getting ready for Fall term. Never ends I tell you!

I will confess, while I’m working hard, isn’t all work and no play. I WAS getting out and getting in some game time. That hasn’t been the case the last two weeks. But before that, I managed to sneak out once or twice a week.  I returned to Privateer Press’ Hordes around the beginning of summer. It was the easiest game to get players. I didn’t expect the return would last long. I haven’t fallen out of love with the game again, just no time.

I maybe returning to Malifaux. Wyrd will have a large launch at GenCon. Which is where I’m headed next week. For those unfamiliar with the  gaming event of all gaming events: http://www.gencon.com/2012/indy/default.aspx

I went back in 2010: http://frank.robertsguild.com/?p=522

I have no plans to pick up new mini games, my time is limited as it is, but there are a lot of new hotness coming.

This year I decided to plan out my GenCon experience, I’m signed up for a events every day of the Con. Since I have 0 desire to lug mini’s across the country and even less desire to play in big tyme events, I’m going with role playing games. Given my time issues I’ve never been able to participate in a regular RPG group. I’m going to get in hella roleplaying time over the 6 days.

When I get back from GenCon, it’ll be all course development! Yeah! So I’d better have a good tyme!

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Oh WOW!

Another update so soon?!

I wanted to report back on my lunch with Dr. Preston Pulliams, the district president of PCC. On Monday (7/9) I met the president an his assistant Neal for lunch. The president wanted to thank me for my work on the PEAK committee, including presenting at the American Association of Community Colleges convention in his absence.

I took the opportunity to ask Dr. Pulliams & Neal questions about leadership and ask for some advice in my career path. Neal has served under a number of district presidents and provided some valuable observations. These observations complemented and echoed Dr. Pulliams insight. Lunch was also motivating.

School wears you down and my pace only accelerates the process. So understanding why I’m doing what I’m doing, having a goal that I know is achievable and hearing positive things are very welcome.

Speaking of school and my pace, there is no way schedule-wise I can be done with my course work by Summer of 2014. *sad panda* The biggest issue isn’t finishing the course work, it’s actually timing the comprehensive exam. I wanted to take the comprehensive over summer when I’m off. However the best case scenario would be the exam would be given over In-service week the week before the start of fall term. NOPE! Bad timing. That leaves, 2 or 3 weeks into Winter tem. While far from ideal, it’s far more realistic. I will have to talk to my dean and see if that’s possible.

Schedule-wise, that gives me an additional semester to finish. That’s not a bad thing and means I might slow down a bit, go to 2 classes a semester. Or just allow me to ease up going into the exam. We shall see.

I am a tad disappointed, but its just life’s way of slowing me own a bit before I burn out.

I’m focused on school work this week and revisit course development soon.

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Break Update

Doctoral Studies

Well another one down! Sunday (6/24) I conducted my last conference call and submitted my final paper, presentation, & my final journal entry. I was very pleased with course. While the bar wasn’t set very high after the last course, this course exceeded my expectations.

The instructor was outstanding, she gave me the flexibility to set my own direction in the course. I outlined  what I want to learn and how did I want to go about it. I was a little surprised that I didn’t take the opportunity to take the easy road and do less. I went the opposite direction and use this as opportunity to really dive into the subject, expand my knowledge and escape my comfort zone.

The way I see it, my course classes are the foundation for my comprehensive exam and I want to be as prepared for that exam as possible.

Unfortunately, not a lot of breathing room. Access to my next two classes opened quickly and before I knew it, I was diving headlong into them. I downloaded the text books (4 books, 2 per class). Both classes are directed study. The one instructor I had last class, the other is new. So far it’s going well. Lots of reading, but I guess that is what happened when you have 4 books to get through. Work load, not to bad considering I’m not teaching. I’m keeping up.

More interviews, but awesome topics, Community College Leadership & Governance & Organization of community colleges. There is a fair share of overlap between these courses.

Teaching (Kinda)

On the course development front, I am working on a handful of things. 1st is CIS 225 – End User Support. I am converting this from an on campus course to an online course.  While somewhat time consuming, overall the conversion is not a very difficult process. However, I am a little worried about capturing the  essence of the course, the communication aspect of user support. I am not sure if it can be captured, but I’m going to give it a shot. Putting a fair share of emphasis on discussion. I expect the first time through to be…. Rough. I’ll get through it.  This course should be off for review by distance education today (7/7).

Next up will be adding a lecture and assignment that supports the CIS department’s assessment process. The assignment is used to see if students are meeting the objectives of the class, the objectives of the CIS degree and ultimately the objectives of the college.   I developed the assessment process and assignment for the CIS 140M class a few years ago, so I’m fairly familiar with the end goal.

There are a few odds and ends, but they will have to wait, my biggest challenge of the break, writing CIS 287M Microsoft Server Security for a campus course from scratch. I’ve got the book, always the best starting point. This is going to take some time to fully flesh out. Hopefully I come up with a vision/direction for the course early on.  While I know security and the concepts, it can be a fairly challenging topic.

Gaming

I am not ALL work, I am getting in some fun when I can. I started playing Privateer Press’ WarMachine (WM) again. Technically, I’m playing Hordes, but the games are pretty much the same. I have had a Troll army for a long time, but had not played them for some time. I love my smaller games, but actually getting in game time can be a challenge. SO, I just picked up something that required less work. There are people playing WM/Hordes all over the place.

Started playing Magic again. It’s a card game, the games go pretty fast and there’s 0 setup. Get out your deck and go. I’ve got a few decks that tend to do pretty well. Most of my decks were built for me, or at least tricked out by someone else. I can’t seem to wrap my mind around deck building. Which is probably why I got beat down at a Magic draft tournament.

[For those that don't know, a draft event is where you open packs in a group and pass cards around selecting cards to build a deck. It is a simple format that involves a lot of chance vs. going to an event where people have put hundreds of dollars into their decks.]

I am going to GenCon this year. Last time I was there was 2010. Looking forward to it. My true break and it so happens that my courses will be done by then.  Fun, fun!

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Officially on Break!

While I would like to believe that break means sitting around the house chilling watching cartoons & Jerry Springer….. That’s so not to case. Not to say that might not happen on occasion. :)

I will be taking advantage of the lack of office hours, lectures, grading and misc campus time to prepare for Fall & Winter term 2012-2013. I need to get one course converted from a classroom course to an online course, CIS 225 – End User Support. Which will be offered Winter Term 2013.

I’m developing CIS 287M – Microsoft Server Security from scratch. The original book is out of print and unavailable, so I had to select a new book. Security has never been my strongest topic, but not out of reach. I think it’ll be an opportunity for me to expand my technical knowledge which hasn’t happened in a while.  287M will be offered Fall Term 2012.

Beyond those MAJOR developments, just working on my updates to my other classes for the 2012 – 2013 school year: CIS 289M, CIS 288M, CIS 187I, & CIS 287I

Lets not forget my Dr. courses. I’m taking Community College  Leadership and Organization & Governance of Community Colleges at the end of June and they run into August. They are directed study, so just me and the instructor. My current class The Community College is almost done and I’ve really enjoyed it. Dr. Sanford allows for a lot of student directed learning. So I set my goals and direction and she facilitates it, provides insight and ideas. The biggest thing, she lets me set up the structure I require to be successful in a class.

So moving along…. Being on break maybe my updates will happen more frequently – it could happen!

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Congratulations!

I would like to say congratulations to PCC’s Class of 2012.

A special congratulations to those CIS students that manage to suffer through my classes and finish. For some, my courses were challenge at every step of the way. And graduation is a reward for all that hard work. I put a lot pressure on all of my students to pay attention to detail, develop troubleshooting skills and critical thinking skills. T o see so many of those students walk across that stage makes grading every lab and answering every question worth it.

I love what I do, and if I ever forget that, all it takes is one graduation ceremony to remind me.

Good job and best wishes.

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Finals Week is Upon Me

Teaching

Wow, that didn’t take long….. Talk about a fast 11 weeks! Overall it was pretty low key on the teaching front. I started looking beyond spring term fairly early.  From my previous post:

  • I am co-SAC (Subject Area Committee Chair) for the 2012-21013 school year.
  • I am thinking about the transition from Server 2008 & Windows 7 to Server 2012 (or server 8 ) & Windows 8
  • I’ve got a fair share of course development for 2012-2013 that I will be working with over the break. To include: converting a course to online for Winter 2013, writing a server security course & adding to an existing course to accommodate for our program assessment

Before I get to any of that, I have a lot of grading to get through. One class ends Wednesday night and the other Thursday night. Hopefully I can get all the work graded from the ends Wednesday night on Thursday. Then I can hammer out the work from Thursday night on Friday.

In a perfect world, grades would be done before I head to graduation Friday night….. Saturday morning at the latest.

Doctoral Studies

The community college course is moving along. I am expanding my horizons that’s for sure.

Although, I submitted my journal entry which lacked an attention to detail  on the grammar front. The instructor did not slam me or anything like that, but it was enough of an issue to be pointed out. Which I a good thing. My end goal is passing that comprehensive exam and things like this need to be hammered out now. Of course that put me on high alert for the introduction to PCC paper I wrote. We’ll see how that goes. I need to find ways to keep writing and researching. Because breaks seem to reset the skills almost back to 0.

My current instructor is all about the learning process so I get to set the boundaries (aka as much confining structure as I want). I’m taking advantage of it. But the temptation was certainly there to slack off.  But I know nothing good will come from that.

So while I won’t be in the class room over my summer break, I will now lack for things to keep my mind engaged.

July I will start Community College Leadership and Organization & Governance of Community Colleges looking forward to both classes. I think these classes will have me hanging around campus over summer for interviews and such.

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Time for an update!

Before I begin, let me say congrats to my wife completing her comprehensive exam. She has to wait for the results, but I am positive she nailed it. The comprehensive exam is a long test that saw 7 days of writing and proofing to span about 80 hours.

Doctorial Studies

Seeing my wife battle her way through the comprehensive exam was inspiring. I gained a lot of insight into what I will need to do over the next year to be ready for my week of fun and excitement. The exam is geared towards your major. So, as I move into my core classes I know I need to keep in mind the end goal of course work, which is the comprehensive exam. The exam is 3 questions that will spawn 30+ page paper and 7 days.

My current class is The Community College. I have to say I’m loving this class! I’m already getting more out of it than I did that STUPID class I took last semester. Due to issues with filling classes for my major, I’ll be taking all of my core classes directed study (one on one with the instructor). Three out of the five classes will be taught by the same instructor, my current instructor. Which also ensure the format will be the same.

At the start of the class, I developed a work plan. (I need structure). The instructor was willing to let me have as much structure as I require. I used the original materials from the course to develop the work plan, with deadlines, etc. All the stuff I need in order to say sane. We do conference calls on Friday to go over the materials and assignments from the week.

This course is giving me the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and interact with people in other parts of the college. I’ve completed one interview so far. And it was very enlightening.

I am back to trying to read daily. Last week I read a chapter a day. I have to keep that up.

In other amazing news!

I received an invite to lunch with the president of PCC, Dr. Preston Pulliams. The lunch is scheduled for after my community college leadership course starts so I should be able to get in some questions for the course. He is very successful, well respected at every level. This is an amazing opportunity.

In and out of the classroom

Things are very quite. That’s how Spring term is & I am not complaining! I’ve managed to get close to caught up on grading. All content has been released.

I am looking at beyond spring term already.

I’ll be converting my CIS 225 course to an distance learning format. I really want that finished by the end of June. Not sure if that’ll happen. I am teaching Windows Server Security (287M) in Fall. And that class will need to be developed from scratch. I had to track down a new book for the class, which wasn’t an easy task. In teaching 289M this term, there are some updates that will need to be made to make things go….. Smoother. And finally, the admin work. There’s ALWAYS admin work.

Ah the summer “off” Gotta love it. But at least I’m not teaching and grading. It’ll be a nice change of pace.

Gaming

I’m headed to GenCon 2012 & this time around, I have more of a plan. This year I am signing up for various events and have a bit of a schedule worked out. It could change when I get there, but I wanted to have more structure (yes, now I’m even putting structure into gaming!)

I learned all about event registration. WOW! I put together my wish list of events, which wasn’t all that major. Me and Adam planned for True Dungeon (yes live action roleplaying) all day Friday. I had those events on wish list as well as some ShadowRun (Cyberpunk Roleplaying – Not live action).

On the event site they count down to the opening of event registration. When it opens, me and Adam click submit at the same time…..

His starting point:

  • Adam’s starting point 1491
  • My starting point 2076

It counts down from there. Events filled up FAST! Even with only 2075 people ahead of me. I managed to get into most events (In some shape or form) . I had to try different times, etc. But all in all, my GenCon event schedule is set.

A few weeks ago I started playing My troll Hordes army. It’d been a long time since I managed to get in a game. I joined the league at Other Worlds Games (OW) (http://www.otherworldsgames.com/) . I love my smaller games, but its hard to find players. Giving my teaching/school schedule It’s hard for me to put in the effort to build a following. The players at OW are friendly and no one runs broken silly combos. So I decided it was worth a shot. I’ve had lots fun in my games so far. Trolls are far more competitive than they were a few years ago. I’ve managed to win a few games.

I’ll start working on my smaller games when I get more time. The plans is to start showing up at one of the games stores with my games and see what happens.

Finally on the gaming front, I’m working on starting a ShadowRun Play by Email game. (PBeM). I’m hoping to get some ShadowRun experience before GenCon.

You can tell summer is coming when there’s a gaming entry, and it’s more than a sentence.

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Marching towards May….

Doctoral Studies

It is only fitting that the worse class I have ever taken  in my academic career should end just as sub-par. I got an A-. I know a lot of people would be satisfied with an A-.  My issue with the final grade is how it must have been selected at random with no true foundation. Nothing in the class was graded, I never got any feedback on anything I did. I was one of the only people to do the work in the discussion boards. If I truly earned an A-, I can live with that. But it sucks to have a grade selected random.

I have come to understand the  “less structured” ways of doctoral studies. This is the second instructor I’ve had that has been pretty free form, but the first instructor had specific assignments for us to do and provided actual feedback and discussion.

I won’t say I walked away with nothing, but I can’t identify what I gained from 15 weeks of suffering.  I haven’t decided what to do. Nothing is the most likely course of action. I could call the instructor out, not sure what that will yield….. We shall see.

I’m really looking forward to my next series of classes. They are all directed study and core to my Community College Leadership Program. I’m hoping to walk away with significant insight. I’m also plotting my last 10 classes. 5 are laid out, The remaining 5 will take some work to plan out. That doesn’t include the intro stats class I plan to take at PCC. I need to sharpen my skillz or the quantitative  research class will  destroy me.

My dissertation study will most likely be a quantitative study, so I need to be on top of things.

American Association of Community Colleges Conference

I left for the conference on April 21st and got back on April 24th. I was back in the classroom on April 25th. Talk about beat. A little jet lag and being on a different time zone didn’t help. The conference was enlightening, motivating and terrifying all in the same breath.

Enlightening – I met a lot of interesting people. I sat through several presentations. The topics included leadership, distance learning, women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) fields, and people of color in education. There was so much information. I’m in the process of working on the recap of the trip. I took a lot of notes. I may contact some presenters for more information and track down the original presentations.

Terrifying – There was so information to had, so many people I didn’t talk to. While learning that there will be plenty of opportunities in the future for me to ascend to leadership, I also learned how much I need to accomplish to be ready. I learned how much I don’t know.

And finally…..

Motivating – The motivation aspect comes from figuring out what I need to know and picking a path to come by those skills and abilities. My focus will remain the completion of my EdD. However, beyond that I know I will need to look at leadership training and seminars, both internal and external to PCC. I will need to look for opportunities to lead and manage. Things I have already considered.

It also heightened my awareness of how I can help all students be successful, but also students of color.  My experiences and direction can be a positive influence on others. And it should be shared.

Teaching

Spring term is very quite, very laid back in comparison to Fall and Winter.  April was a very busy month for teaching/admin work & finishing up my class. So needless to say, I’m waaaaaay behind on grading. Made some strides. I knew if I didn’t grade every day, I’d end up behind.

My admin work list is still pretty long, I’m teaching 287M Microsoft Security and there’s a major issue with the book. It’s out of stock and Unavailable. No word on a new edition or reprints. I need to get that book squared away soon.

As a full time instructor I’m also responsible for helping with the dept.’s assessment of classes. For this round I’ll be working with 140M. That takes a fair amount of time and effort.

I’m sure I’m missing something on the teaching side.

Gaming

I’ve kind of returned to WM/Hordes fold. I actually played my Trolls AND WON! So I decided to buy a few Troll goodies to play with. The new stuff is assembled just need to

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An Quick Update

Doctoral Studies

One assignment/presentation away from putting the Intro Research class behind me. It’s been the longest 15 weeks – EVA! The last assignment is a prospectus and presentation. I have to give the presentation in class. However, that nothing major. The biggest road block is putting the finishing touches on the paper. Converting it to a PowerPoint is a non-issue. I do that all the time. There is a two week break before my next class starts. Looking forward to that. The next class is directed study (one on one with the instructor). Cyn has had this instructor before and has really enjoyed directed study with this instructor. That will be a nice change.  And the topic is Community Colleges, my focus.

Overall, my topic remains distance learning in higher education. My research into the topic has been very interesting. I’ve read several studies which combine tons of other research into a single spot. Helps get a very good grasp on the topic.

Teaching – Spring Term

I must grade every day for at least an hour or it’s gonna get silly fast. Overall the term is off to a great start, online classes are pretty quite & I’m somewhat on top of things. I think most of my students have been in a previous class of mine or a class in a similar format and so they know what to expect.

I am behind on lab proofing, I’ll have to hit it pretty hard next week as I won’t have any doctorate class stuff hanging over my head. Next week is already week 3!

Administrative work

One of the things that comes with teaching full time is administrative work. I have a few admin type things on my plate right now. Writing the course assessment for our CIS140M class. It’s part of the college’s accreditation process. I’m sure I’m missing something…..

American Association of Community College Conference  – AACC

The last thing on the radar for April is The AACC Conference in Orlando, FL. I’ll be attending with a few people from PCC. Mostly administrative types, like the president of PCC. Feeling a bit outclassed. But I’m sure I’ll get over that quick like, I hope!

It’ll be a very nice break from everything and should expose me to community colleges on a national stage.

Gaming

I actually got out for a miniature game! Anima Tactics. I haven’t rolled dice like that in a long time, it was pretty fun. As summer approaches I start thinking more an more about getting game time and what games I’m gonna play. (Just like a kid!)

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