I think I would be okay working half-days. I got up and washed and hung a load of laundry before I left for campus. I spent some time with Allan Ellis who is currently Director of Research and Research Training for the School of Commerce and Management. He teaches and supervises post graduate students in the field of learning, training, technology implementation and change management. We geeked out a bit, first about my hack-in-tosh then about Moodle and Second Life.
I left his office and headed to the Teaching & Learning Centre to meet with a few of their staff.
Kelvin & Steve came to collect me for lunch. We met up with Deb at the Left Bank Café; we tried the sweet potato chips, complete with chili salsa and sour cream to dip and I had veal on sourdough. We walked through the adjoining gallery before heading home.
We changed into running clothes and headed to Ballina for the afternoon. We walked along the river all the way out to the ocean. Kelvin got some running in and then walked part of the way with us to dry off a little. A quick stop at Shelley Beach let us put our feet in the water though Kelvin stood up on the beach and watched us; maybe if we go to Byron Bay before we leave he will have his Crocs on and join me in the water.
After quick showers and gathering Steve, we went back to Ballina for dinner at la Cucina di Vino. Kelvin and I both had the chicken with mushroom risotto after sharing a pizza and some calamari. Kelvin and Deb also polished off two bottles of wine; they both slept well last night.
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.