1236 posts categorized "Best Practise"

March 29, 2016

Seeking Meetings Not Consensus

At LOCC with Frank Hannigan
Snapped in the Absolute Hotel Mall.

I ROUTINELY ASK to be invited to meetings if they include an agenda because when they don't, I have to listen to people who want "air" time to pontificate. Lately, I've been trying to push meetings off into collaborative space where action items can be checked off when accomplished remotely.

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March 14, 2016

Truly Engaging Learning Experiences

Truly engaging learning (USAF Photo)
USAF Photo of C-141B air refueling in 1998.

IN MARCH 1986, I often sat in the right seat of a large cargo jet and taught pilots in the left seat how to fly directly behind another large four engine jet. You had to practise the highly-engaging manual skills to do this workplace job right.

Some of those very sophisticated workplace skills had their foundation in flight simulation. All of them required documentation of what the pilots had learned and how their learning had progressed. The learning management system consisted of a series of forms held in manila folders. The written documentation rarely offered colour commentary of the white knuckle aerial refueling sessions. But you wanted to learn to do everything right and the air refueling sessions brought everything into sharp relief.

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February 16, 2016

Trying to Make Yammer Work Remotely #GTD

Screenshot Yammer LIT
My screenshot of Yammer's Inbox log-in.

AS PART OF A CORE GROUP of third level lecturers who want to accelerate collaboration, I'm trying to make Yammer work inside a third level institution while connected at the fringes of Office 365. But because I can't see group work things in Yammer's snappy app, it appears the collaborative effort will succeed only when working with friends on desktops.

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February 01, 2016

Old Skool Sync Meets 2016 Autosync

Old Skool Sync
Photo of my 2TB Passport backing up 29GB of business intelligence.

ALTHOUGH MY LAPTOPS have become more capable of backing up my life, I still manually synchronise my SSD's core data by simply dragging and dropping one folder. However, several electronic processes are ticking away in the background, ensuring me against forgetfulness, fire and water damage.

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January 31, 2016

Figuring out ways to #open Sharepoint files #oer

Limerick OpenCoffee Noted

Wannita Phanchana drawing at Open Coffee in Limerick in 2007.


I FOLLOW CLEVER EDUCATORS online, especially those conversation in Open Education Resources #oer. I advocate interoperability of platforms, tools, and resources in education and want to ensure I'm doing my part in sharing assets I've stored in Azure through the Limerick Institute of Technology's Office 365 services. I don't have all the details yet.

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January 21, 2016

The Most Precious Learning Assets

Using OneNote for Education
Photo of business student using OneNote for exam prep.


AS I PREPARE for another academic semester, I'm putting my focus on two key items consistently cited by my third level students as having the greatest value: my lecture notes and my past exam papers. Because once students have those learning materials in hand, they believe they have achieved a clearer focus.

This year, I'm chunking both of those items into collaborative space provided by Microsoft OneDrive. I've made separate folders for both of them.

My OneNote Workflow


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January 20, 2016

Tackling Ageism, First with a Survey

Hug Time
Photo of Nana Goldbach by @topgold.

AN IMPORTANT SURVEY ON ageing and attitudes to ageing [1] attempts to identify some of the challenges which society faces to adjust to a growing older population.

The survey comprises 11 questions and takes on average 10 minutes to complete. The goal is to define the design and features of a toolset to technically co-ordinate and support the mobilisation of the community to tackle issues such as; social exclusion, isolation, separateness and ageism. The vision for this system is that its successful integration within the community will positively impact self-sufficiency, partnership, independent living, wellness and the ‘breaking’ of generational boundaries.

  1. Direct link to survey: https://ageing.typeform.com/to/Zn03TY
  2. Bernie Goldbach is an Elder Blogger. Photo of Nana Goldbach who never had a computer or smart phone in her home.

January 10, 2016

Reaching Digital Saturation #digitaldetox

SuuntoHeart Rate Monitor
Snap of @topgold's strap-on.

I'M STICKING TO MY fitness resolution because I often wear a heart rate monitor under my moobs to remind me what being fat feels like. And I'm also purging a lot of notifications from my life as part of a digital detoxification programme.

The two initiatives point to the bigger issue of me being over-saturated with the digital world.

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January 07, 2016

Limerick and the Tom Cruise Clause

Rooftop Limerick
Snapped in the Absolute Hotel looking out across Limerick.

LARGE PRODUCTIONS, such as Star Wars, are likely to be attracted to Ireland by a combination of the "Tom Cruise Clause", which qualifies the salaries of actors and crew outside of the EU for tax credits, and an increased profile for Ireland because of the Star War scenes shot on Skellig Island. I'm thinking about what this means for Troy Studios, a large facility in Limerick located in the 340,000 square foot former Dell factory.

I trained former Dell employees for follow-on jobs after their contracts terminated in the manufacturing plant. We used briefing rooms in Limerick's Absolute Hotel for three months of intense academic work. Less than a half mile away in both directions, students in the Limerick School of Art & Design master creative skills that could complement production studios considering filming in Ireland.

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December 12, 2015

New Polychromos h/t @treasa

Christmas Polychromos
Xperia snap of Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils.

BEFORE SETTING OUT on a short Christmas shopping expedition, I had a short chat with Treasa Lynch about the perfect pencil. She persuaded me to try Faber-Castell's Polychromos Pencils.

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