Ada Lovelace Day 2017

Ada Lovelace color

Today is Ada Lovelace Day – an annual celebration of women in STEM.

To mark the occasion I used Storify to make a personal curation of the tweets and blog posts that I liked on #AdaLovelaceDay 2017 (#ALD17)

Work-life Balance in Academia

Important thread on work patterns in academia.

I recommend that you read the whole thread!

Perhaps it reflects the US experience more than the UK, but I think the pendulum might be swinging this way in the UK too.

One of the replies

prompted this response from the Times Higher’s Phil Baty

What do you think?

#HEblogswap – Transferring Enthusiasm

Spherical Reflection

I’ve been a teacher in engineering and technology for over 30 years. I love computing, coding, and ed tech. I spend hours on-line watching videos to increase my understanding of the technologies that I love. I love engaging with my personal learning networks, particularly #LTHEChat and #CreativeHE. I take part in MOOCs and am curious about teaching and learning and how to do it. I’m a course leader and want my students to have the best experience possible. I think I’m a good mentor to my colleagues and respected for my experience,knowledge and skills and in my institution. What I haven’t cracked is translating my enthusiasm for my subjects into engagement in the classroom.

Part of this stems from my natural reserve. I am definitely not an extrovert. I don’t find it natural to be the life-and-soul-of-the-party. Social occasions are difficult for me in real life. (Interestingly I’m more extroverted in social media.) So perhaps I don’t come across as enthusiastic in the classroom setting. I’m better one-on-one and in small group contexts, but most of my students don’t get to experience that.

So how do I improve? I’m hoping the Enthusiastic HE community can help!

This post was written for Enthusiastic HE as part of Santanu Vasant’s September 13 #HEblogswap.

#LTHEChat 89 – A Personal Curation

LTHEChat returned last night with a chat on Staff and Student “Digital” Development led by Simon Thompson (@digisim) supported by the new backroom team.

There will be a Storify but I thought I would provide a personal curation of the key conversations that I engaged with or noticed during and after the chat.

This is made easier by a WordPress feature that converts the URL of a tweet into an embedded tweet.

Hint: click on the embedded tweets to access the conversations.

Question 1

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Other Conversations