For a long time I’ve had the message that because we are the kind of institution that we are – beleaguered, slandered, vilified, out of control – these are the very things that we should be selling. Shouting from the roof tops. Eh? Er, sorry, run that by me again, will you? I mean Shabby Chic. Gritty. Authentic. At long more »
After writing (yet) another proposal for our university’s social media initiatives to help (yet) another strand of activity at the uni to reach out to its core audience, I am struck by just how easy most people think this is. Everyone wants more out of social media – lecturers, community outreach, student support, staff support, marketing, faculty news delivery… whatever. more »
Everyone is on the bandwagon of social media. Everyone believes they must be involved, ‘doing it’, part of the new thing that social media is reckoned to be. And the poor old (very old) concept of the university cannot escape this.
We read a lot about using social to empower your organisation, or training up your workforce to understand corporate responsibility in the workplace when using social. There’s a lot of talk about engaging with your workforce and promoting ‘continuous’ connection using social, and how to implement strategies to ensure compliance for your company and still benefit from enhanced workforce engagement more »
I have just submitted a paper for my ‘Theoretical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching in Higher Education’ module, part of the MA in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: “Changing Purposes and Priorities in Higher Education”. It’s a 5500 word essay on the university in a supercomplex age, Ronald Barnett provides core theory while other voices babble around him. Plagued more »
After some time trying very hard to do exciting things, take the initiative, act on vision and engage in general fun ideas, I have decided that for the most part, it is largely wasted time and effort. Sad. Even though some may wish that I did more, got more people involved (who want to be, damnit!), spread exciting vibes – more »
My most annoying and recurring mantra over recent times is that of the death of IT as we know it. To any one who will listen I proclaim the new (old) message of: “how can you have an IT ‘department‘ when everything is IT?” it’s like saying the ‘living’ department, or the ‘communicating’ department. Stupid. Of course Americans already know this, and more »
Much has been said about elearning and its role in the future strategies of higher education. While there are many areas of discussion, one of the least popular and most controversial is that of cost saving in providing a supportive learning environment for a diverse student population. Modern students have to work, and this usually means much more stress around time more »