J. W. Rider

Education and Training

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Ever wonder what it looks like from the podium on the first day of class?
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A considerable amount of one's time should be spent imparting their expertise to others. You cannot acquire that knowledge by just reading a book, or much less having someone else read the book to you.

My own training experience started out when I was in journalism. In a way, that still guides the approach I take in teaching. In journalism, there's no substitute in teaching students how to write news articles except to get them to write news articles. In programming, there's no substitute in teaching students how to program except to get them to program. My role is a facilitator. The students are learning on their own with every single keystroke. I just tie the pieces together.

Most of my recent teaching has been at the corporate and college level on software engineering and information system technology topics. The RiderIST site ties together some of the lectures for my beginning Java students at the Loudon campus of Northern Virginia Community College. My NVCC students should click here to get to the current syllabus.

In the old days of teaching, you got to stand in front of the classroom and watch the reaction of the students to your lecture. The widespread availability of the Internet has made online "delivery" of lessons viable. Many schools are providing education online; I've been involved with the online program at Strayer University. My Strayer University students should click here to get to current course information.

Shorter courses can be more challenging. Weekend, one-day, one-night, and lunch-time courses need to be very focused. I've taught short courses in such diverse topics as multimedia crafting, numerical algorithms, Delphi programming, web development, effective digital scanning, systems analysis, digital photography, word processing, and geodetic transformations.

From time to time, special requests are entertained. The Making of Personal Perspectives shows a step-by-step sequence for how a single piece of graphic art was created.

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The Making of Personal Perspectives

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