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2015 week 35 in review

Work

It was a week that had the full range of highs and lows as a manager. We finalized the plan for a large project, with funding and timelines, and everything is go. Awesome. The posting for the Technology Integration Specialist, the person who will be largely running that project for the next 2 years, closed Friday, and the interview and hiring process should happen pretty quickly now. Things are moving along extremely quickly on that now.

And, we are saying goodbye to a valued and important team member, who has decided to go back to teaching in the classroom – his experience as a teacher was one of the things that made him so important in our team. He’s going to leave a really big hole in the team, and we’ll be posting the position ASAP.

The Learning Technologies and Spaces summer research project wrapped up as well – still putting the final touches on the project website (which will also be used as the hub for the Big Project), and then we’ll be sharing that widely. Lots of great work there – talking with students, instructors and staff about their experiences with learning spaces and technologies at the UofC. The video produced by our summer research assistants is online already:

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I picked the week that smoke from the Washington State fires smothered the city to start riding to work again. Still, worth it. And I was able to blame my slowness and lack of lung capacity on the smoke, rather than on my being horribly out of shape. Winning.

smoke in the valley

2015 week 34 in review

Work

I took a week off, but lots of important stuff happened. Surprisingly, the university doesn’t stop when I leave campus. Crazy!

The Educational Development Unit’s Strategic Plan was published as part of our department website. What a fantastic, inclusive process. The EDU’s strategic plan is going to be the foundation of everything we do, and it will be extremely useful to have this as a public and living document. Also, the EDU Portfolio, to document what we do as a department.

D2L is upgrading our environment to the latest-and-greatest 10.5.1 next week (we’re still running on 10.3.something), and there were lots of things that needed to be checked/verified/tested/not-lost-in-noise. In hindsight, this was a pretty horrible week for me to be away. But it was also pretty amazing, seeing team members track the important moving pieces, develop testing plans, coordinate with people across campus, and manage the final stages of upgrade planning with the vendor. Absolutely fantastic work. I couldn’t be more proud of the entire team, but especially Izzy, who absolutely knocked it out of the park this week. I was going to dial in to the Big Go/No-Go call to help make the final decision, when I realized there was literally nothing that I would add to the process at that point. She’d already shepherded the process and called the ball. I am so completely impressed by her, and by her growth in the new role. Fantastic!

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I took some much-needed time off, and headed out of town for a few days. Thankful for good friends who tolerate friends imposing themselves.

poolside