I HAVE EMBARKED ON a series of deep engagements while thinking about the evolution of three distinct BSc degrees involving creative students. The collegial engagement incorporates a wide swath of research in Third Space (Cronin, 2014) , both from the perspective of students and lecturers.
EVERY SEMESTER I help college students share stories about themselves and during my story-sharing workshop, I hear the hesitation in student voices and see their angst in body language. So I resort to some tactics in Design Thinking and some results start appearing on paper.
IT TURNS OUT I wasn't the only person lifted by a weekend of making and creating--young Mia (8) also keeps chatting about what she saw, heard and did when at a Maker Meet  the evening before our annual ICT in Education Conference in Thurles, County Tipperary last weekend.
Mia has seen me working with the Youth Media Team who feature at major education events throughout Ireland. She thinks it's nice that these students actually get a voice in how the conferences unfold. And she knows our Youth Media Team complete an entire documentary package of researching, questioning, recording and photographing events. These teens are adding their voices to an important educational process.
I HAVE VOLUMES of notes and years of experience that I share every year with third level students in Ireland. I hope to build upon the experience of last week's Social Savvy Conference by sharing what I've learned about effective social networking with 120 students in modules I teach for the Limerick Institute of Technology.
I started the process with an audio clip on Anchor.fm, hoping to capture dozens of voices while answering the question, "How do you build an effective personal brand?" I will pass around a well-worn iPhone 5C to various students, hoping to hear evidence-based answers.
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.
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.
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.
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.