I just started my first class on Coursera.1 When I attempted the first homework assignment, I pulled out the tools I typically use at work: 0.9mm mechanical pencil, blank photocopier paper, and the calculator on my Android phone.
Nope! That just wasn’t going to cut it.
Off to the office supplies store I went and got the real stuff: 0.5mm mechanical pencil, an eraser in a holder, engineering paper, a D-ring binder, and enough dividers. When I got home, I retrieved my HP calculator.
And although those tools got me through college, it wasn’t going to be enough now. I had to get my reading glasses, too.
Now I’m ready.2 :-)
- It’s Introduction to Power Electronics from the University of Colorado. The tools my team designs and builds help our customers validate their voltage regulator designs. This class will help me understand a little better what our customers go through. ↩
- And I’m having fun. And I hate to admit it, but I’m working hard. Where are my college buddies so I can relax with a game of hearts? ;–) ↩