Hiatus Recovery
posted on Sept. 27, 2013, 7:53 a.m. by Barry Peddycord III

Tags: research

oh hey look veronica is telling us to blog again

I've started my third year in the Ph.D. program this fall, which means I'm past the point where it's acceptable to have no idea what I'm doing. I've finally found a research topic that I think is meaningful, so I've started taking the steps to make it into what I eventually hope will become my dissertation. Granted, it'll probably be painted in red ink before I get to that point, but it's nice to have an optimistic vision in the often monotonous world of Graduate school.

This semester also marks my first time as co-teacher of a course, and it's quite a bit of work. Don't underestimate how time consuming it is to teach - full-time faculty are expected to teach 2 or 3 courses during a semester and STILL do research, so this experience is a key opportunity to practice my time management skills. Planning and preparing for classes is a huge commitment, and has to be done right, since lectures don't just magically happen.

As if that wasn't enough, I'm also developing my own Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) in 8-bit NES Assembly programming, #8bitmooc. Granted, I'm teaching this course with the intention of using it for my research, and I've been wanting to make an online course like this since the beginning of forever. Originally I had planned to make an ebook on the topic, but then I realized that in this day and age, that's not very useful - a community of learning would be much more valuable to the world, and could actually be useful for research.

So after all of this, if I manage to get #8bitmooc online by the end of the year and get my dissertation proposal done by May, I'll be a happy panda.

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