Thursday, August 15, 2002

It's back to school time.

It's been a while since I've been a returning student. I'm looking forward to getting back to it. I'm on the waiting list for one course and will have to look around if I don't get in. From my limited (2 semesters) experience -- spots become available once students appreciate what's involved in terms of work.

Colleagues in courses have stated that online M.Ed. courses at OISE/UT are two to three times the amount of work of face-to-face (F2F) courses. Some felt that there was a comparable increase in the quality of the learning afforded the student. Others felt overwhelmed by the intensity of the online learning (in this case, asynchronous conferencing with periodic synchronous chats) environment.

Sunday, August 11, 2002

Bring your "A" game and course-management skills to Royal Oaks in Moncton, New Brunswick. I consider myself lucky to have carded a 107 yesterday.

At one point I carded five "sevens" -- everything from double to quad bogies -- in a row. Notwithstanding this sorry fact, I definitely recommend a round at this Canadian Maritime gem. As a "deal" or "value for your money," this course ranks up there with Kananaskis outside Calgary, Alberta. Although the course is inland, it very much looks and plays like a links course. The course is very well-designed and maintained with carpet-like fairways and greens.

Green fees of $65.00 -- what's that, about $ 22.50 (USD)? -- make Royal Oaks a "must play" when in Moncton.