ITC4001 Notes 2017

February 8, 2017

This post is intended to provide a link to my course notes for ITC4001 for students who don’t yet have access to the university moodle site. Please click here to download the 89M file.



On birthdays

January 7, 2014

Today I turned 45! Phew… where did the years go? Thank you to my many friends, colleagues, students and family that congratulated me on Facebook, sent a WhatsApp message or an SMS, or dropped me a line. I really do appreciate your interest in my life and well-being, and I am humbled by the sheer volume. Read the rest of this entry »

Do your slides help?

October 25, 2011

Two weeks ago I did an educational session at my Toastmasters meeting on using presentation aids for effective presentations. I used slides that I originally prepared for a Speechcraft course and provided a handout (get it here). This is a summary of what I said with some further links on the topics.

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Writing a barrel full of…

August 31, 2011

by minwoo via flickr

When I am assessing student’s writing I am (unfortunately) often reminded of Schopenhauer’s Law Of Entropy…

It goes something like this:

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Nine puzzling presentation insights

July 23, 2011

In the holidays our family usually spent at least a bit of time building puzzles. It was great fun and I think we can learn some lessons from puzzle building experiences that we can apply to our presentations. What possibly can a puzzle and a presentation hold in common? After thinking about it I came up with nine…

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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.

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