A Venture into the Project Planning phase

When you are in the process of job hunting every day is a different animal. There are some that seem to make sense and everything is on track (and then there are the others). Based on advice from a theMuse article: 6 Free Online Courses That’ll Teach You the Same Skills You’d Learn in Business School I decided to start a couple of the suggested online courses: Intro to Project Management and Intro to Marketing.

Project Management seems like a no-brainer to me at the moment. I’m constantly trying to arrange my schedule in order not to feel completely overwhelmed by the sheer number of tasks that I set out for myself. Just to give you an idea of what I mean by that–I literally alphabetically categorized my goals for the day up to H (and I hadn’t even gotten past my writing goals).

Based on what I’ve gained in my vast hour of experience in the Project Management class, I’m currently in the initialization phase. They let you use this nifty guide called the Canvas framework:

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I’m hoping to manage my writing, job search, social media, language learning and (that is if I can find enough time) my website. I justified buying a site to my wife before we got married, butat this moment only has a construction image (worthy of a circa 1995 Geocities account).


A self report on my experience using W3Cx’s HTML program on EDx.

Studying HTML on EDx has put me in an interesting position.

It’s one of surprise…

In university life, I took classes on CALL and, to be honest, I never found it to anything more than decorative fluff lackluster in content. There were CD ROMS, click through procedural pictures, archaic datasets, and email support


Learning online with EDx

Initially, for me, studying HTML on EDx was just to be a quick refresher for my HTML, but that stopped the moment that I found resources and attention on par with what you’d expect from a well structured university class: with TA David Neil, or =dn as he refers to himself,  often responding within a day or two with wit and clarity. The inclusive sharing of industry insight and the excellent resources make this series a true breathe of fresh air for the realm of CALL.

This is a class that was designed and is maintained as a cooperation between Intel and W3C to help HTML curious webizens. I’m amazed with how well it works. If you are looking to learn HTML, you don’t need to look anywhere else, but don’t expect to breeze through it. Each week of material, they recommend six-hours of study time. I find, in my own study time, that it will take more than that if you read through all the extra literature and you take the coding activity assignments seriously. As you can already imagine learning any language, computer or otherwise, easy doesn’t really translate; but with a TA like =dn, you might actually enjoy the work, as I do.

The courses are part of the XSeries certification program. I won’t go into detail on that, but on a general level what it means is that it’s a specially-structured highly dense learning curriculum with the purpose of preparing students for application. Each XSeries program requires you to run through the matrix of classes to get full certification. The HTML program is no different. It is composed of three classes:

If you decide to give it a shot, give me a shout. I would love to hear how you take to the program and would be more than happy to work on a collaborative project.