This semester, as part of my Instructional Systems Design Master’s program, I am taking EDC 605: Distance Learning Research and Design. I’m really excited about taking this course, as I think it will greatly benefit the work I currently do in Online Ed. What I’m really interested in is one of the books that we are assigned: Face to Face Communication over the Internet: Emotions in a Web of Culture, Language and Technology, edited by Arvid Kappas and Nicole C. Kramer.
#1 on my “bucket list” is arranging a private concert by Diana Krall for me and 30 or so hand-picked friends and family. (Ella is no longer available.) The playlist will be chosen mostly from her “Live in Paris” CD and her “All for You” CD. The finale will be Diana’s version of Joni Mitchell’s “A case of you.” The champagne will be French; Kentucky will, of course, supply the bourbon. Mr. Dave and Ms. Betty will put together the menu.
There must be at least one dream on your bucket list….
Well folks, it’s the end of the summer semester here at UK, and fall term starts but a few days from now. That means that this week’s blog is going to focus on wrapping up my thoughts and experiences on my first summer as a Media Mafia worker.
It is hard to believe that the Fall semester is almost here again. It seems like just yesterday Spring semester ended and the summer was beginning. The local public grade schools have even already started their new school year. Soon the new freshmen will be coming to UK’s campus and beginning their new lives as well. The air is full of excitement and promise.
I watched an interesting TED talk this week. It was on the fundamental moral differences between Liberal and Conservative mindsets. The presenter used the psychology of morality to justify why people on both sides of the isle always think their position to be infallible, or their beliefs unquestionable. Liberals speak for the weak and oppressed, want change and justice even at the risk or chaos. Conservatives speak for institutions and tradition, and want order even at the cost of those at the bottom.
It seems like everywhere I look, I see people declaring that the world is getting worse and worse by the second. Death and famine across the globe, greedy men exploiting the poor, and other such travesties. Why, just look at this quote I found about today’s young people:
"Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers."
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