Showing posts from September, 2016

And ....we're off...

Finally the module practical materials are installed on a working computer (see page 2 ...), the course written materials downloaded to my Kindle for reading on the long daily commute, and I am ready to be started.  I've started to read the first chapter, and am taking in some of the recommended familiarisation exercises regarding the software we'll be using and the Python programming language.

The module officially begins on Saturday.

I have to admit, normally at this particular point in a module, just before I am due to begin, is when I suddenly feel the Procrastination Fairy beginning to stretch her filmy wings for a couple of weeks, but bizarrely, I remain enthusiastic.  I don't know precisely why, but I get the feeling it's because there is so much of this module that is absolutely brand new knowledge, and there's lots of practical exercises to be undertaken.  Maybe that practical bent is just what I have been waiting for to keep me enthused for the rest of th…

When the worm turns the other way

Now I have had many posts about how much my OU studies have helped in my career and how enlightening those moments are.

Until now I have not had the opportunity for things to work the other way round.  The software for the TM351 module (the last one!!) requires us to work with a 'Virtual Machine', kind of a 'computer within a computer' to simplify it a little.  I used these once before on a module and struggled a lot, however this time round we are using some of the software that I have been learning about at work!

Yes - the day job is helping with the studying!!  I can't tell you just how awesome that makes me feel, that I am learning such things out in the real world of work.  (I had very occasional 'moments' of that during training when practical learning would help to illustrate a theoretical concept, but this is the first time that practical stuff from work has bled into the 'night job').

Just starting to install software etc now, I have a litt…

That Back To School Feeling

From a washing basket all the uniform washed and ironed and ready to go?  Most importantly is everything labelled with names for when our kids strip off jumpers in the remaining heat of an Indian summer that happens for a couple of days before the frost hits?  Heaven forbid that they keep track of their own clothing!!

But the return to school brings with it a certain 'new beginnings' type of joy to it, where I am more inclined to make changes, or start new projects, or get stuff organised.  It used to be about having the right pens and exercise books, these days it's more about maybe planning a Christmas project, or making lists.  And of course for me this year, new job too, and all the extra new beginnings that brings with it.

It will also be the time where the new course materials will land on my doorstep, and bring once again that temptation for an early peek.  I'm looking forward to starting the next module, but I am just now starting to get my …