Landing : Athabascau University

Group members: this is the place for your learning diary. Use this to post your zipped-up site at least once each unit, and your reflections as often as you wish (at least once per unit). Please write your reflections directly in the post, not as attached files. Where you do need to attach documents, such as for unit 1 designs, use PDF, PNG or JPG formats. You can attach files using the 'Embed content' link in the editor.

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Unit 0 Diary

My name is Dave Boyle and I am a late 30s, career Credit Union employee who has a son in hockey almost year round. Having never finished high school, I started taking classes towards a Bachelor of Commerce degree several years ago through Athabasca due to its open nature. What I learned is that I did not require more education to further my career in the Credit Union system, so I stopped working on school. There was also a significant life event that created some additional challenges for me to be an effective student.

At this point in my life I am contemplating changing careers. One thing that has always fascinated me is computer programming. So, having transferred as many credits as I can from previous work, I now work on a Bachelor of Science with a heavy focus on computer science courses. With my son closing in on 18, in addition to contemplating changing careers, I am also considering moving out of Canada to gain some interesting life experiences. The need to chase a prominent position at a firm is of little importance to me, but the opportunity to gain some life experiences through a major move is an idea I am infatuated with. A degree focused around computer science helps with that.

Specific to web programming, in my previous years I made many websites using notepad and patience. It was an enjoyable hobby for me. What I am really excited about is learning and developing some legitimate web programming knowledge as opposed to just HTML. I am just finishing up an introductory java class, and I look forward to leveraging the skills I developed in that class and applying them to this one.

The content in Unit 0 is basic, but thorough. I will be required to reference the instructions on what to submit and how at the conclusion of each unit to not only acquire satisfactory marks in this class, but also to maximize the benefit of the knowledge building journey I will be on. I am looking forward to reviewing material from others and sharing my own material.