I consider today professional development, and an opportunity to once again realize that many things in our field are absolutely universal. Steve arranged a few meetings for me during the day so I went to campus with they guys.
I first helped them get things set up for their session, and it was typical technology debacles. Kelvin was using the Mac but neglected to bring the right connector with him so Steve went down to borrow one and came back with the older one that doesn’t fit the newer MacBook Pro (thanks Apple). So back to swap it for the newer one; that worked so the image was displaying on the projector. Next hurdle was connectivity. They use Cisco here but the wireless requires the VPN. For some reason Kelvin’s SCU network credentials didn’t want to work so we fought that for a while even including trying all six Ethernet ports in the room. I finally wrangled the VPN, had someone else login, and the world was right again only about three minutes late.
Leaving them starting the session I went down and met a few of the FLDS staff in the secret garden. We talked there a while and I met one of the faculty members in the College of Indigenous Australian Peoples. We made our way to the FLDS office space and I sipped hot tea while we talked around their conference table. They wanted to know about our use of Moodle, WordPress and how our organization is structured. We talked about motivating faculty and helping them negotiate the technology decisions they face teaching in such a rapidly changing environment. And we talked about the future of lecture capture, the iPad in education and the difficulty of teaching Camtasia. It’s nice to know I can always find my geeky people wherever I go.
After excellent seafood chowder and great conversation with Steve, Di, Keith and Kelvin we returned to campus for a full afternoon. I was able to tag along in a meeting with Janet, the Director of the Teaching and Learning Centre and Di, the project officer for blended and converged delivery.
We finished the day by walking to the tavern close to the house. They were renovating the kitchen so the menu was limited; bee and I didn’t mind being forced into eating a hamburger with beet, pineapple, lettuce, tomato and a yummy balsamic sauce with a nice salad on the side.