Entry 017 for Friday April 30, 2020
The core questions:
- What did you do today? I prepared and presented a draft video for a project “Profesores Expertos Digitales” as the lead presenter for our zone (Rectoría Occidente) of the School of Engineering and Science. Four colleagues shared their short videos which I spliced together with mine into a 4 minute and 16 second clip (target was four minutes). Saying something in 45 seconds is difficult! I shouldn’t share the other’s work but an initial draft of mine is linked here and embedded below talking about my #educoffee project. This one in Spanish but I plan to make one in English to describe the project better. #Educoffee in the morning with Miguel and Rebecca, student-time (“office hours) with Luis (#TC1028), Israel (#TI4022) and apologies to Max and Braulio for missing our appointments. Another afternoon #educoffee with Cinthya and Mahdi. Prepared a pasta alfredo with grilled chicken for the family before a late class for #TI2011 with guest speaker Jorge Suárez. We beta-tested “name that tune” after the guest speaker. I think the students liked that. Cheers to Dean Shareski for the idea.
- What did you enjoy? I was hesitant to share the #educoffee as my choice of techniques to share. I could share about my students blogging (connectivism), about #ungrading, about just plain old #flipclass, mastery or a range of tools. Perhaps imposterism was showing but the project/idea was well received by those making decisions for the school. Nice.
- What did you find difficult? The same as #2. Imposterism was kicking in hard. I know this #educoffee is a good project and it helps me and I have heard good comments from colleagues. Now I am feeling I need to pull together all those comments into some archive to write about it later which in some ways defeats the purpose of it just being a time to relax during each day.
- What has changed? I have always been very bad at making myself (consciously or purposely) visible. That may seem strange as I do blog and share openly as part of my practice as an open education practitioner but I rarely go out of my way to make that visible to my institution. I think some of the leaders in my environment are taking notice. Imposterism makes me nervous but perhaps I do deserve some credit sometimes.
And then, the stretch questions:
- What are you grateful for? Family and cooking. I have a job that I love working with wonderful students.
- Which changes do you want to keep? A suggestion from Sonia Virdi. Not all of the changes are bad – for example, more flexible work from home policies, a stronger social safety net for some workers, and cleaner air. What is worth holding onto?
- What are you scared of? It’s not always productive to give voice to our fears, but sometimes they need to be written down.
- What has stayed the same? A suggestion from Ben Seymour. Not everything is in flux. Some things are constants, but everyone’s constants are different. What are they for you?
- When did you last laugh? A suggestion from Edith Speller. Think back to the last time you laughed – it was probaby in an intimate moment that says a lot about your life and your current situation. Where you find humor and light tells a whole story.
Explaining #educoffee in Spanish