Organizational Management revisited

For my first post of the new year, this lengthy article came in my RSS feed. As my formal educational portion of my learning career comes to a close, and my MA in Organizational Management has been earned, this essay is about changing to Pervasive Leadership, a term I frankly is not familiar with and wasn’t discussed in any of my major classes @ Ashford University. Not a knock on the school, but an interesting concept that if it were available then may provide an stimulating discussion from the instructor side.

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Technology and Education

Those two words at times do not seem to be living in the same area code, much less be present in a classroom (I have teachers in my family and this is what is being told to me, the local school system frowns on outsiders observing their classrooms). Here is a technology based article that attempts and most succeeds on documenting the gulf between the two words in the title.

In Information Technology, gray matter counts more than gray hair

Finally, some encouraging news to those of us of a certain age who are felt to be disposable, unemployable, and just discarded with the trash, because we are not corporate people.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/in-information-technology-gray-matter-counts-more-than-gray-hair/

And I agree with you that Databases of all flavors run businesses, but to interact with them and enable line of business applications, you have to put somebody’s “scripting” language in there. Whether it’s JavaScript for the Web, Python, C#, Java, et cetera, there will always be a play for them.

Ira Shor: When do kids count?

As my final, final paper is being composed at this hour, this essay by Diane Ravitch is too important to be ignored, so it made my last paper in a roundabout manner. Food for thought this AM. The responses are as good as the blog post.

https://dianeravitch.net/2014/06/05/ira-shor-when-do-kids-count/

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.

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