[Actionchix] Intro, and questions.
lvincent at dtcc.edu
Wed May 17 07:31:47 EST 2006
Hello! I guess I should introduce myself and give my pedigree before I
start hitting people up for help!
My name is Leslie, and I just discovered LinuxChix and I'm thrilled
about it! I'm an oldtimer when it comes to IT (first programming course
in 1975 at age 16, and I've not stepped away from the computer since
then), but I'm relatively new to Linux. In my first life, post-BS in
Systems Engineering, I was a programmer, using fortran & assembler
language to develop CAD/CAM system routines, first as an intern in '78
then full time in 1980. That lasted 3 years until my skull was about to
explode from boredom; I was a good programmer, I just didn't like doing
it 8-10 hours a day. I did a short stint in graduate school (mega debt,
no degree), then finally moved into the training and support side of
the fence, first with minis and programming, then PCs, and finally
networking (mostly Banyan - anyone remember that? it was UNIX based!)
which became my niche. It was all corporate world stuff until '99 when
I had my midlife crisis, moved to the Delaware beaches, and was lucky
enough to get my dream job teaching here at the local community
college. I teach networking topics, plus some applications and XP as
I'm in the process of FINALLY replacing our one-semester Novell course
with a Linux course, which I'll teach starting this fall. My "problem"
is that I'm not someone who is content to just grab a textbook and just
spew whatever that says out to the students for the whole semester, or
focus just on preparing the students to take a certification test,
though either of those options would be much easier for me to do! I try
to design my classes to reflect as much of the "real world" as
possible. But this is the first course I've taught or developed here
for which I have zero "real world" experience, so I'm looking for as
much feedback from professionals in the field as I can get.
And fyi, I've also joined the "NewChix" list because I'll be the first
to admit, even directly to my students, that Linux is all relatively
new to me. Having 30+ years of putzing around with computers, even as a
"professional," doesn't mean I automatically understand stuff I haven't
used in the real world yet. I'm going to admit freely to what I don't
know before I give a B.S. answer to a student while will later PROVE
how much I don't know!
So finally, here is my primary request: If any of you have a few
minutes, I would greatly appreciate your looking over my course
outline. I list the basic goals and audience for this class, then break
down what I plan to cover each week. I also have some questions about
recommended resources. I'm seriously considering not using a regular
textbook at all, but instead having students purchase a really good
reference manual, and use a combination of some of the open source
training materials that are out there, together with materials that I
develop myself. I just haven't found any textbook that comes close to
having the type of focus that I'm shooting for with this class. I'm not
sure how you do things here - I can either post what I have to this
list directly (I'd probably do it as two separate threads, one for
feedback on the outline, the other for my resource-related questions),
or I can email what I have to anyone who is willing to review it, to
keep the material and review comments off-list. FYI, the course outline
is two pages in Word, plus I have another half-dozen or so questions.
Please let me know which would be the most appropriate way to proceed.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give!!
Georgetown, DE 19947
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