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Touchdown: First class on the board

Published on March 3, 2013 by in Personal, Teaching

I am pleased to report that last week I successfully taught my first class as a Technical Instructor at New Horizons Great Lakes. I taught 20410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012. This is kind of like a homecoming for me because a long time ago I used to be a big fan of Windows Server OS and it was good to get back and relearn it.

I had four students , all virtual on the online Elluminate platform. The more I work with Elluminate, the more I like it. Think if it as a Webex LiveMeeting on Steroids. We had a few mishaps but that is to be expected. Several lessons learned:

– Do not use the IronKey security fob while teaching. It took about 1/2 a day to figure out that this was crashing my IE. Oddly enough, it has worked fine on my laptop for over a year now with no IE crashes.

– Do not scale IE windows up or down (%). I had a window scaled for a screen shot and forgot about it. It causes havoc with the New Horizons online labs (LOD).

– Timing and pacing still count for a lot , even in a 5 day class. Part of me had to keep track of where we would start and end each day that I did not anticipate.

I haven’t seen my reviews yet but I remain hopeful my students had an enjoyable and fruitful learning experience.  Next up for me is the industrial strength:  10774 – Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012. Stay tuned.

 
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