On Teaching

As a college instructor, there is one thing that I rarely have ever talked about and that is how I have improved my skills. Every day in class I am constantly being asked to help solve student programming problems and demonstrate and explain my solutions. There has rarely been a time when I couldn’t comeContinue reading “On Teaching”

Why Feedback Matters

It’s now been a little over a week since the Fall Quarter ended at Clark College and it’s time to review anonymous feedback students left on the popular RateMyProfessors.com site. Now, this post may see a bit “ASW-ish”, but when you truly enjoy what you are doing and you are making an impact on peoplesContinue reading “Why Feedback Matters”

Three Years as a College Professor

This month I completed my third year as a professor at Clark College, located in Vancouver, Washington. Here are the courses I have taught: HTML Fundamentals (CTEC 122) JavaScript (CTEC 126) Intro to Programming and Problem Solving with Python (CTEC 121) PHP with SQL 1 (CTEC 127) PHP with SQL 2 (CTEC 227) Business WebContinue reading “Three Years as a College Professor”

And that’s a wrap…

I would like to thank the following people for volunteering to speak to my Business Web Practices class at Clark College during the Fall 2015 quarter: Week 1 – Craig Ebersol of Clark College / Heidi Johnson Bixby of Johnson Bixby and Associates Week 2 – Tocarra Stark, Communications and Marketing of Clark College WeekContinue reading “And that’s a wrap…”

Ars Technica: What’s the difference between college-level and corporate programming?

This article strikes home as I am now completing my first year as a college instructor who teaches computer programming: When they graduate and get their first job, a lot of students feel like they don’t really know how to program even though they may have been good programmers in college. What are some ofContinue reading “Ars Technica: What’s the difference between college-level and corporate programming?”

A change of seasons

Starting on January 7th, 2013 and going through June, 2013 I will be an instructor in the Computer Technology program at Vancouver’s Clark College. The four classes are: Winter 2013 Quarter Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving (CTEC 121) HTML Essentials (CTEC 122 – two classes) Introduction to PHP (CTEC 127) Spring 2013 Quarter IntroductionContinue reading “A change of seasons”