When English was for self-defense…

April 29, 2011

I grew up in an Afrikaans house, television only came to South Africa when I was in school, and even then we had lots of Afrikaans programs. I’m sure there was English ones that were good as well, but English was something “those red-necks” spoke.  Oh yes, and it was a school subject; something like a self-defense class… English was something you had to do and sometimes needed. Useful, like karate. Read the rest of this entry »


Three lessons from my recent post-grads

April 28, 2011

This year I had four post-graduate students crossing the stage: 1 PhD, 2 MTech’s and an MBA. Congratulations to Dr Jacques Ophoff, Gary Jurgens, Laurie Butgereit and Riekert du Preez. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you, and in the process I learned a bit myself. While some of the learning was “subject-based” the more interesting and valuable lessons are much more personal and, compared to Information Technology, long-lasting. Thank you for contributing to my life.

I’d like to share three lessons with the world: Read the rest of this entry »

The IT Does Not Matter Debate

April 5, 2011

Its been a while since I last posted on this blog.  In some ways it seems as if the world is running away with me. However, I’m always up for a good fight. One of the basic decisions that I’ve made is that i need to introduce much more re-usability into my teaching activities. This strategy will see me creating some video resources for my courses. Below is the first… Read the rest of this entry »