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" MOOCS: Learn what you want, when you want, where you want, and as part of a global community. How perfect an idea is that? "

I am a both a right brain and left brain person; I have my artsy philosophical side and my tech geek side. I love keeping up with constantly changing technology and get bored easily when I don't have something new to learn. MOOC's and on-line learning were made for someone like me and I have been like a kid in a candy shop studying everything under the sun, as well as specifically upgrading my coding skills so I can transition to a new career using the FOSS technology that I have been fascinated with for several years now. I fully believe everyone deserves the opportunity to reinvent themselves and take control of their personal and professional lives in the manner this kind of learning has provided, and I am here to help you with that.

Short Biography
Jason blends his love of music and technology to provide training and tech services to the entertainment industry. He teaches MOOC classes in subjects from Agile Development Using Ruby on Rails to the Data Scientist's Toolbox.

My education and professional experience
I have been involved in the performing arts for 20 years as a performer and private guitar teacher, and more recently as a stage technician and lighting designer for theatre, dance, and music. I have an academic background in music and the humanities with some computer science courses thrown in for good measure. I've also been active in my community volunteering to teach music, helping out small community theatre groups with their technical requirements, donating recycled computers and teaching basic computer skills to kids and disadvantaged individuals, and all around trying to promote the benefits of free and open source software.

Why I am teaching this course
I am teaching this course for the challenge; there is no better way to master a complex skill than to teach it to someone else. I also thoroughly enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with anyone who wants to learn new things.

In my section...
I will take the time to understand where you are having problems so I can help you, while keeping you motivated and making sure you develop the skills you need and the ability to find resources to continue your own learning journey.

I have created a team on slack.com that will be available for use by our section to answer questions at any time during the week in addition to our regularly scheduled meeting time on Wednesdays.

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