Thursday, April 25, 2013

My Fall 2013 Schedule

I have had a few students ask about my schedule for upcoming semesters.

I will not be teaching summer classes. Between authoring, teaching, and outside the classroom work, I am very much looking forward to a summer off!

FALL 2013
CIS 101 M08 Computer Concepts and Applications Monday/Wednesday 10:20 AM to 11:35 AM
CIS 107 M01 Information Technology Fundamentals and Applications Monday/Wednesday 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
CIS 125 M02 Microcomputer Software I Tuesday/Thursday 10:20 AM to 11:35 AM
CIS 152 ME1 Internet/E-Commerce Technologies Thursday 7:05 PM to 9:35 PM
CIS 170 M01 (GD 170 M01) Website Design & Tools Tuesday/Thursday 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
CIS 294 M01 (GD 294 M01) CIS Internship Program

Monday, March 18, 2013

Rate Your Professors

When I was an undergraduate at Montclair State University in the late 1990's, people used to have entire binders of professor ratings. You would look to register for, say, and art class, and if you knew the right person, you could get a look at the binder of art professors and see who people liked. I ended up taking a class called Art Forum because it involved listening to speakers on art and writing a reaction paper each week. I always liked writing, so this wasn't too scary for me, and I figured seeing a new speaker each week would be interesting. Professor Lay was the instructor, and to this day I would recommend that course (if you didn't mind writing).

Anyway, the problem was you were at the mercy of knowing someone. Today, you don't have that issue, because of a site like The site allows students to rate professors anonymously on Helpfulness, Clarity, and Easiness, on a scale of one through five.

For example, if you search for me there, you will find I currently have a 4.2/5.0 for helpfulness, 4.2/5.0 for clarity, and a 3.2/5.0 for easiness. I think these are fair assessments. I tell students the first day that tests include stuff from the book, even if I do not lecture on it, because my expectation is that you are reading the book.

Check me out there if you are really interested and see if your experiences match what other people say:

Of course, as someone who has taught for 13 years, I have a lot of ratings. Professor Mosley has even more, due to his large class sizes. Someone who is in their first semester may not have any ratings.

Every time I show this in class I get a good laugh!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Spring 2013 Registration @ PCCC

Spring 2013 registration is going on now. If you can register online, do it as soon as you can! Classes are filling up quickly. If you need to register in-person, the College will have large crowds starting the 17th. If you can make it to the Passaic campus or Wanaque campus, those are usually much quieter. Of course, you may want to see someone in your major, and if so, Paterson is your best bet.

If you are an IT major and want to see me in-person, I will be doing registration at the Passaic campus (2 Paulison Ave, Passaic, NJ) during the following times:
Thursday 1/17: 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Friday 1/18: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

If you need advising, I will be on campus to interview a part-time faculty member this Tuesday evening, and I can schedule an appointment with you if you are an IT or Graphic Design major, or have questions about the internship program.

Regardless of where you register, you can ask to see someone in your major only. Especially in Paterson, it seems like people get sent to the next available person, but if it takes you an extra ten minutes to see someone in your major who knows a lot about that program, that probably is a good choice.

In Passaic or Wanaque, that may not be an option, but in Paterson, take advantage of that.