I have been taking online courses at the University since 1999 and I am approaching graduation in May with a Bachelor in Applied Business degree. It will be a different routine at home without 2 courses to worry about each semester. I am sure my wife will have plenty of projects for me to do.
I started at the University in 1974 working towards a Computer Science degree. I completed most of the initial core programming courses before I ran out of money and had to jump into the wonderful world of advertising.
I have always had an interest in computers since I was very young. My dad worked for Honeywell back when the mainframes occupied an entire room and everything was run from tapes. One of my first exposures using a remote computer was with a portable computer that came in a suitcase. We dialed into a mainframe and watched the printer churn out words that could be generated from our telephone number. I was so amazed that we could be accessing a remote computer from our kitchen. My 2 years at the University in the 1970’s were spent in the keypunch room writing programs for the courses I was taking and working for the Graduate School of Business as a programmer in Blegan Hall.
I live in Minnetonka with my wife and two children. They have been incredibly supportive of the time I have put into the completion of my degree. After 30 years in business, it is funny when my 9 year old asks my what I am going to do for a job after I graduate. All he knows I that you get a job after you finish school.
Web 2.0 has changed my current job dramatically. Ten years ago I was only selling commercial time for television stations around the country. Now my sales focus is twofold. Not only am I selling the television station’s broadcast property but also I am also selling their web site. I have to help the advertiser to create a compelling reason for the surfer to dig deeper into a site, which will help generate revenue for the advertiser.
In all of my previous online classes we have communicated through WebCT. This is my first attempt at blogging. I hope I can make a seamless transfer into blogging for the course.
On a side note, my 12-year-old son is pleading for a Sims 2 Game. Is it appropriate for a young boy?