Entry 466 for Friday July 23, 2021
The core questions:
Credit goes to Ben and readers of his blog for these “Four Questions” and the five stretch questions.
- What did you do today? Coffee in the morning with Lawrie and Miguel; system maintenance; released “Let’s Play” video of my NHL21 play-through; agreed to teach a group of TC1033 in period 3 next semester; followed the NHL Entry Draft.
- What did you enjoy? It was so nice to see Lawrie again, it had been a few months since his last visit.
- What did you find difficult? I was looking at my workload to start the semester which is rather unbalanced. Our semester is now broken into three 5-week periods(P1,P2,P3), each followed by 3 1-week sessions (S1,S2,S18). Note that last period is “S18” for “Semana-18” (Week 18). Load calculations are 1 “unit” (UdC) for 40 working/load hours which typically is a 5-week course with 4 hours teaching and 4 hours prep each week, another option is a full week session making 1 unit. Our annual teaching load is 28 UdC, which is usually met with 2 semesters of 14 UdC but we are flexible in how we meet that annual target during the two 16-week semesters or 5-week winter or summer sessions. I also have a 7 UdC unload for my role as dirctor of the Masters in Cybersecurity (MCY) which should bring my typical semester load to 10.5. This semester’s plan for periods (P1/P2/P3) is 6/6/1 and another 1 unit to teach a group of “S18”. That is 3.5 UdC over ‘normal’ but the real hit is that is a 50% overload in each of the two first periods. I will be busy.
- What has changed? I added another course of 1 UdC but it won’t overload me more. I will teach a national group of TC1033 in the 3rd period and have that as extra payment instead of part of my calculated load. I still end up with a light load in that third period and it is the same course as the other group I am teaching in that period.
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Mostly watching the draft previews and live coverage today.