Technical Social Capital

February 25, 2010

Crazy week in Atlanta

Filed under: Uncategorized — dbixby6707 @ 10:07 pm

Well, having a “new” computer and all made this week quite strange. I was able to stay up late for the conference call (good thing, since I was the leader!) that we had with the group. Since I was on the EST, and they are on PST, it was 11 to midnight my time when we did it.
I have a lot to do still… I admit it. Friday is going to be a full day for me. I have already taken it off so I can stay home and concentrate on the paper.
This team project has been interesting… I hope the instructor appreciates the effort!
I plan on “inserting” my midterm paper as well… worked too hard to just not do it.
Speaking of that… I am still working on getting it published by the local ASTD chapter. Hopefully that will happen soon.


February 19, 2010

Computer crash

Filed under: Uncategorized — dbixby6707 @ 9:19 pm

Wouldn’t you know it…. while I was researching some thing for our team paper, my computer picked up some sort of virus. It started Wednesday, and got to the point that I couldn’t use it without “virus alerts” popping up.
By Thursday morning, it wouldn’t even let me log in. I have to completely reformat the hard drive.
I’m not sure how much I had backed up… I guess I’ll find out.
This does bring up something to consider with online teaching, however. The importance of backing work up is even stronger. The fact that much of it is on a server that gets backed up regularly is comforting, however.
Anyway, that has been my week.

February 14, 2010

Frustrating week

Filed under: Uncategorized — dbixby6707 @ 10:26 pm

I’ll admit it. I haven’t worked as hard as I should have this week. I read and tried to get ahead, but wasn’t able to, just kept falling behind.
Our team really faltered this week, too, I felt. We couldn’t meet together and I’m kind of at a loss for what I should be doing.
Liliana and I met for about an hour today using Google Wave. It was cool when it worked, but it had its issues.
We finally figured out how to optimize it so it would serve us.
I’ve tried to set up a phone conference, but I haven’t heard back from the others. I hope that happens on Monday.
I’ll be traveling for the next two weeks, so that isn’t going to help anything.
Oh well… that’s what getting a Master’s degree is all about!

February 7, 2010

To be continued….

Filed under: Uncategorized — dbixby6707 @ 9:08 pm

Writing the article this week was both fun and educational. The topic I chose was somewhat lighter than most topics I’ve written on, and I enjoyed trying to write in a little bit of a “lighter” style to reflect that.
The hard part was keeping it short. I had written my first introduction, and realized it was two pages long, and half of what I was allotted! I decided to just write, and then edit. That seems to work better for me.
I haven’t gotten a grade yet, but I think I wrote a convincing article. Of course, it really wasn’t difficult to do.
After all, it was really only about taking an every day topic and demonstrating its value in education.

February 4, 2010

Articles on Social Media

Filed under: Uncategorized — dbixby6707 @ 1:59 pm

I don’t want to monopolize the area for articles on social media, so I decided to start my own post.
If others read this and want to submit more, please do so. That means, you may want to check the comments!

Intel’s Social Media Training

ThinkBalm published The Enterprise Immersive Software Decision-Making Guide for selecting immersive technology for use in the workplace. A PDF of the 29-page report, can be gotten here.

January 30, 2010

Teaming up with teenagers

Filed under: Uncategorized — dbixby6707 @ 9:33 pm

This has been an odd week. It seems that little has been done on the team front, but we have read and addressed most of the issues on teamwork!

I was a little confused (seems like my life story right now…) about the midterm paper, but I think I have a decent topic. I am choosing to write more generically on the fact that companies can learn from teenagers by creating communities that includes them.

Who knows. That may change tomorrow!

January 24, 2010

Brilliant idea

Filed under: Uncategorized — dbixby6707 @ 10:22 pm

I think I might take this a step further.

Why not create a social community that includes people from the company as well as students studying in the particular field the company is in? For example, in our company, we make microphones and speakers. We should start a group (LinkedIn or other) that includes students studying music, music business, or audio engineering.

We could tap their knowledge (they are the future) as well as interest them in our products, and possibly a career with our company.

I’m a genius.  🙂

January 21, 2010

Or maybe not…

Filed under: Uncategorized — dbixby6707 @ 7:30 pm

I have taken the long way around towards coming to a decision about my paper. I don’t think I’m there yet.

I’ve been a little confused about what I am supposed to do… everything I think of, I also mention to our group and it becomes a group possibility. I also flubbed up on what I put on Blackboard and now realize (thanks to Datta) that I need to keep the topic to what we are studying in the class. Hmmm…. Makes sense! I suppose a teacher should have thought of that!

My excuse is that I have just had too much on my mind this week. Boy, am I glad I am only taking one class, or I would have died this week.

I’m back to either LinkedIn, or blogging. I had another thought that hit me during a technical support meeting today. I wonder if it would be helpful to have a blog that all of the technical trainers submit “articles” to on interesting topics. People could comment on them, but only the trainers could submit the articles. It might be interesting to see if it works as a good teaching tool.

January 13, 2010

Technical Social Capital – maybe

Filed under: Uncategorized — dbixby6707 @ 3:21 am

I’m still not 100% sure I know what I want to study… there are so many good ideas. However, I think that one of the most pertinent things for me right now is to figure out how to create and manage social capital in the technical arena.

Most of the training I am involved in (not by my choice, but hey, a job is a job!) is technical training. I think we offer our students pretty darn good training when they come to class, and I hope that when I am able to start offering some of these classes online, the same will be said then. However, I want to find better ways to harness the many years of experience on our products that some of our students have and create a venue where they can help teach each other.

That may be what I want to do. Unless, of course, another important idea hits me between now and…. say, next week.

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