Monthly Archives: July 2007

AACRAO Identity and Access Management 2007

Karen Hanson (Assistant Registrar) and I ran a half-day workshop at the AACRAO Technology Conference on Identity and Access Management (IAM) and the Registrar’s role in IAM.   We had a great time even though the session was Sunday at 8AM.   The slides are here:  AACRAO 2007 IDM Slides

We had a mix of people from central IT to Registrars in the audience.  We had schools that had fairly mature IAM systems to some who were just starting.  It was a fun time and there was good conversations.

Karen and I also had fun running around Minneapolis.  We had great food at Zelo and Masa and listened to the Spaghetti Western String Company.   We also saw the Picasso exhibit at the Walker Art Museum.

One of the better conferences trips that I’ve had in a while.

This explains a lot –

I just took the Learning Style Survey at It explains why I’m an I.T. Architect I think. I like diagrams patterns and I have an artsy side.

The results of Jim Phelps’s learning inventory are:
Visual/Nonverbal 36 Visual/Verbal 32 Auditory 26 Kinesthetic 30

  • Your primary learning style is: Visual/ Nonverbal Learning Style
  • You learn best when information is presented visually and in a picture or design format. In a classroom setting, you benefit from instructors who use visual aids such as film, video, maps and charts. You benefit from information obtained from the pictures and diagrams in textbooks. You tend to like to work in a quiet room and may not like to work in study groups. When trying to remember something, you can often visualize a picture of it in your mind. You may have an artistic side that enjoys activities having to do with visual art and design.
  • Learning Strategies for the Visual/ Nonverbal Learner:
  • Make flashcards of key information that needs to be memorized. Draw symbols and pictures on the cards to facilitate recall. Use highlighter pens to highlight key words and pictures on the flashcards. Limit the amount of information per card, so your mind can take a mental “picture’ of the information.
  • Mark up the margins of your textbook with key words, symbols, and diagrams that help you remember the text. Use highlighter pens of contrasting colors to “color code” the information.
  • When learning mathematical or technical information, make charts to organize the information. When a mathematical problem involves a sequence of steps, draw a series of boxes, each containing the appropriate bit of information in sequence.
  • Use large square graph paper to assist in creating charts and diagrams that illustrate key concepts.
  • Use the computer to assist in organizing material that needs to be memorized. Using word processing, create tables and charts with graphics that help you to understand and retain course material. Use spreadsheet and database software to further organize material that needs to be learned.
  • As much as possible, translate words and ideas into symbols, pictures, and diagrams.

Good times in Minneapolis

I was in Minneapolis for the first part of this week. I was speaking on Identity and Access Management at the AACRAO Technology Conference. If the off hours, we went out to several great places.

We had dinner at Zelo. I had a very nice grilled copper river salmon with blackberry pinot noir sauce.

The next night we went to Masa – a nuevo Mexican restaurant where I had a great Chilli Relleno that was stuffed with shredded pork, raisins and toasted almonds.

The last night I went to Dakota to listen to live jazz. Signe Hensel was singing with a small trio. Her voice is velvet and smooth. It was a great evening in a small jazz club.

We also sat outside at pre-Sommerfest concert and listened to the Spaghetti Western String Co. band. They are an eclectic band… I would say they are like Armenian / Klezmer / Bela Fleck and Kurt Weill mixed up. Very fun music.

All of this took place along Nicollet Mall downtown.