Thursday, February 18, 2010

Intro - happy to be here! About me...

Hello fellow classmates and faculty,
About me 
I recall sitting at a keyboard for the first time in the early 1980s at the Computer Training Center to learn COBOL programming as part of a re-training effort after graduating Emerson College with a BS in Theater, Education and Communication. The first time my fingers touched the keyboard, it all made sense to me. I was lousy with a typewriter but this was easy. And programming seemed like doing cross-word puzzles. Somehow it all had to fit. That was many generations ago when there were mainframes, mini-computers, ASCII and JCL/job control language.

And then I remember in the early 1990s, the beginning of desktops and somehow knowing enough to get by and figure it out as I went along because of my COBOL programming days.

AND THEN 1997 – THE INTERNET. When I began to surf and use this amazing tool for so many things. Banking, shopping, connecting… I returned to school in 1999 for a Masters degree in Internet Strategy Management aka Strategic Technology Management and finally recall saying the words to my friend, grad school buddy and colleague Jen, “I’m a geek” and now wear the title of “geek-girl” or “digital diva” with great relish.Now all that being said, I still approach any new technology with just a little bit of dread and hesitation. It’s all going so fast and before I can master one thing, 20 more appear. And in conversations with many of the “digital natives” I encounter I often feel overwhelmed and out-dated. A Digital Native is one who grew up in this amazing connected world – generally anyone younger than 28 years old. Isn’t that amazing – truly! 

Nonetheless, one app at a time, I continue to learn and to teach how to navigate this amazingly connected and fun world and invite you to join me. 

~digital diva

Linkedin: Catherine Seo
Twitter: catherineseo

About my Professional and Academic Background
I am Professor of Business, Management & Technology at the Graduate School of Management at Cambridge College, and Northeastern University. I've also
taught for the MIT Sloan School of Management: Systems Design & Management/Leaders for Manufacturing Program, University of Phoenix, and the School for International Training.     

I founded Synergistic Solutions, a consulting and training company, and work with organizations to creatively resolve complex communication and technology issues. My focus
includes technology, online education, curriculum design, leadership development, change management, research and innovation, executive coaching, facilitation, and transition management.

I have over 25 years of experience as a consultant, trainer and executive coach. Whether working with groups in high-tech and manufacturing organizations, non-profits, academia or one-to-one, I actively engage learners with a hands-on approach. By simplifying complex technologies and making them easily accessible, I hopefully make learning technology easy, useful and fun. I teach in highly diverse environments to international students from numerous countries, including Asia, Middle East, Africa, South America and Europe.

I received M.S. in Strategic Technology Management from the Graduate Center of Technology at Marlboro College, and B.S. in Communication from Emerson College.

About my Professional Objectives as a Future Media Psychologist

There is a distinct difference in capabilities, perception and culture between Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants. Digital immigrants are defined as those of us who did not grow up with technology – essentially anyone over 28 years old. 

Those younger are Digital Natives since they have not known a world without accessible and interconnected technology. While there is significant emerging research about Digital Natives and the rise of social media/networking, there has been limited interest in Digital Immigrants.  Digital Immigrants are facing unique challenges in this ever-increasing digital landscape.  

Foreigners often report that the most challenging part of learning a new language is its subtleties and distinctive cultural norms. Similarly, digital is a new language and the challenge for Digital Immigrants is truly learning to translate their skills and knowledge into this new arena. 

Offerings from Digital Immigrants and opportunities for collaboration could be more forthcoming with increased resources for the understanding and engagement of both digital culture and the technology itself.

I am a digital immigrant and most interested in researching and exploring this arena.