Throwing off Ballast (Part I)
As my interests shift I will have to jettison a few things.
The last iteration was definitely smoother than the one before, both in terms of content and organisation. And dealing with students was quite fun. They also always come up with new things and are a good pool to hire from.
But the time to be spent on such course is still exorbitant.
- Per lecture day I need at least 1 full day preparation, selecting different portions of slides. And we talk about 12 - 13 lectures.
- Per student assignment (we had 2) I need at least a couple of days to come up with a decent, worked-out example. One which is not completely artificial, but still is complex enough to demonstrate the issues involved.
- Per assignment it takes 3 days to examine and assess them. And there is also a supplementary day for the sick and late.
- Per written exam it takes me 3 days to produce a completely new one, less of course if I rehash earlier questions. Marking them takes me another day.
- And in total I have to provide 4 exams.
- And you have to count in email support for students and other administrative work.
You do the maths.
Admittedly, you learn most when you teach. Because only then you really make sure that you understand your material when you turn up at a lecture. The weekly exam.
But the Semantic Web does not interest me that much, actually. I also somewhat lost confidence in the usefulness of OWL and SPARQL, or both. Still, I definitely believe that there is room for other semantic technologies.
I wonder whether I will miss standing in class. Pah, probably not for some time.