Logic model

This week in class is all about Activities in our Logic Model. This class is a throw-in to the Ashford University curriculum. It addresses issues that are generally above the teacher’s pay grade. As some know, I was once an Over-the-Road truck driver, having driven in every Continental US state except South Dakota. The activities table I turned in last week needed some modification and constructive criticism. This week a concept named Performance Measurement System. In Academicstan, checklists are a way of life, mine is below:


I will not bore you with the narrative; I put some effort into this and expect to be graded accordingly.

This has also been a challenging week personally with automobile issues and other errata outside the scope of this blog as constructed. TMI comes to mind here.

McDavid, J. C., Huse, I., & Hawthorn, L. R. L. (2013). Program evaluation and performance measurement: an introduction to practice (2nd, Kindle.). Los Angeles: SAGE.

The erosion of IT’s middle class

The argument is made that those of us that cut our teeth on tech support with networking and multimedia thrown in, may not have a place in the new enterprise. Then again, who does have a place other than the 1% managers? Rhetorical for sure, but in a global environment, corporations seek low or no-cost labor wherever they can find it, and that is generally not Charlotte NC. This needs to stop.

Now back to our regularly scheduled Education programming…

Journal — Diary

One of the nice things about a journal is that it is uniquely personal, and this one is no different. The instructor for this class does not see a journal entry the same way as others have, so the format that I turn in to him differs from what is said. In addition, since this person is a ‘stickler’ for grammar and his vision of APA formatting, some comments are left to this blog. He will not be identified until after a grade has been received in this class. Keeping it real, the point of this is to get A’s, even if the subject matter is an absolute waste of time and money such as this class is, and the less said about the proctor the better here.

I have to admit that understanding the accented speaker is tedious at best, and their delivery leaves much to be desired, but that is not why it was assigned. A stab at understanding assessments given to the student is the feedback received from the instructor at grade time for papers and journal entries. In most instances, especially early in the program, I find out what makes the instructor tick and address it in future works to ensure A grades in the class, of which all else is secondary.

“Internal validity is about measuring what you intend to measure in your study (10 U4 reliability and validity, 2011, op. 3:12).” Ok, now what does that mean for the task? To be honest, this concept has never been broached in my entire working career to this point. Whether it is trucking, information technology, hospitality, or retail, this much detail has never been broached as a topic. Internal validity deals with changes that may be a result of job or classroom performance directly, a cause and effect relationship. Another ‘official’ definition is “the approximate truth about inferences regarding cause-effect or causal relationships (Trochim, 2006, para. 1).” Based on those terms, my performance in timely deliveries behind the wheel and coherent papers that address the instructor’s requirements are represented by continued employment and passing grades in class.

“External validity is about whether your results are relevant in and can be generalized to other participants or cultures and other historical periods (10 U4 reliability and validity, 2011, op. 6:47).” A definition makes more sense to me as any studies involving my career and student life can translate to others is comparable to external validity. Rubbish comes to mind as the uniqueness of each individual prevents this from happening. Projecting my machinations onto others is the height of folly and does not value serious discussion. Similar to other concepts that the confidence level in explaining the point concisely, all that can be said is “I’m willing to admit that I may not always be right, but I am never wrong (Goldwyn, n.d.).”

References

10 U4 reliability and validity. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lG3R6-4T3k&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Samuel Goldwyn. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved February 10, 2014, from BrainyQuote.com Web site: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/s/samuelgold130859.html

Trochim, W. (2006). Internal Validity. Research Methods Knowledge Base. Retrieved February 10, 2014, from http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/intval.php