I finally dispelled all illusions that I would save enough money to purchase a Marzocco espresso machine in the near future. In a spurious fit of passion, I bought a used Rancilio Silvia.
In this article, I explain why Coursera and I broke up. Most of it is her fault, but I've tried my best to explain why we failed each other. In the end, Coursera as a learning platform is quite passive, and there's a lot of room for it to take a more active role in the student experience.
If designing organizational culture is like designing a product's user experience, it must be carefully thought out. I've come to the conclusion that the most important thing I can contribute is coffee. And that's why I'm building a pour over coffee bar for my office.
The biggest theme of the week is the difficulty around capturing the incremental stages of my learning. Coursera does not give me any space to do that, so I have resorted to scraps of paper, notebooks, and a Google doc.
I'm feeling good after week one! It's been surprising to see how I try and access my course using so many devices and in so many places. I'm also getting a sense of the importance of time management and a learning community.
I am taking a Coursera course about Finance. I am interested in experiencing first hand the struggles of online learning and seeing the strengths and weaknesses of the Coursera model.
This past weekend I attended the Balanced Teams conference in Chicago. I learned that ultimately what prevents teams from being balanced is a lack of empathy, trust and transparency in organizations. Culture must be designed like you design your product’s user experience. Designers should facilitate collaboration to foster balance in their organizations.
Out of the box, Drupal sucks at protecting webmasters from comment spam. My own personal website (this one) was spammed with over 60,000 comments without me having a clue, as I relate in this article. Drupal should step up its game and become the CMS leader in taking a bite out of comment spam.