2021 Week 21

⚙️ Work

We’re planning some tech upgrades in the TI classrooms, to support both lecture capture and inclusion of remote participants. Something like this auto-tracking camera from 1 Beyond1 should help with better lecture capture. We have one of these installed in Studio F and plan to add them to the downstairs studios this summer (as upgrades to replace the Vaddio cameras that were originally installed).

We’re also looking at picking up the Zoom/neat Board as a prototype to try bringing remote students into class via Zoom. It also has a native whiteboard app that should be a much better user experience than running TIDraw on the collaboration cart displays2.

This is going to be a challenge. Collective bargaining between the university and support staff union hit the media this week. Support staff are being asked to take a 3% reduction to wages. Retroactively. and then 0% for the next couple of years. This is devastating, and the timing of this is not awesome. “thanks for supporting our instructors in transitioning to remote teaching during a pandemic. here’s your pay cut, and you owe us for the retroactive part. but. you know. thanks.” As part of the union-exempt management group, I’ve had a 0% annual increment for, I think, 6 years now. But thankfully my team hasn’t had to deal with that kind of nonsense until now.

🤔 PhD

Simplifying. Feedback on my dissertation all along has been “simplify it! you don’t need to be so ambitious with this! it’s just part of your degree requirements, not a magnum opus.” So. Yeah. Simplifying. Streamlining. Cutting out a lot of tangential stuff that doesn’t directly add to describing the work…

📚 Reading

Pat Thomson: the thesis discussion – making the move work.

Williams, M., & Sato, B. (2021). Constructive or Disruptive? How Active Learning Environments Shape Instructional Decision-Making. Journal of Learning Spaces, 10(2). Retrieved from http://libjournal.uncg.edu/jls/article/view/2116

Connie Hanzhang Jin, in NPR: COMIC: For My Job, I Check Death Tolls From COVID. Why Am I Numb To The Numbers? (via Jason Kottke’s Quick Links)

Psychic numbing. Which is exactly why I stepped back from social media in January.

psychic numbing in action

Jim Ridolfo and William Hart-Davidson, in Rhet Ops: Rhetoric and Information Warfare: Bad Actors Have Compromised Legitimate University Websites to Drive Traffic to Paper Mills

Jung, I., Omori, S., Dawson, W.P. et al. Faculty as reflective practitioners in emergency online teaching: an autoethnography. Int J Educ Technol High Educ 18, 30 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41239-021-00261-2

Veletsianos, G., VanLeeuwen, C.A., Belikov, O., & Johnson, N. (2021). An Analysis of Digital education in Canada 2017-2019. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning. 22(2), 102-117. http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/5108/5501

  1. not a boy band? company logo from the 90s? looks like good tech, though… ↩︎

  2. especially since Arrive, the company that provided the PC that drives the carts, is defunct. They were circling the drain back in 2015 when they were installed, but they’re officially gone now. Their corporate website has an expired certificate. I’m assuming the software that manages all 37 Arrive Facepoint PCs in the TI will fall apart soon… ↩︎

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