For some years I have been using what I call the ‘zero tolerance inbox’ . This avoids the visual and cognitive distraction of a bunch of emails vying, cuckoo-like, for your attention. In order to achieve this you need to triage (quadrage?) email ruthlessly:
- Delete emails that have no relevance for you
- File/archive information that needs no action but may need to be referred to later
- Turn emails into actions (you can use inbuilt tools eg Outlook tasks, I have my homebrew spreadsheet solution).
- Or if it can be dealt with immediately in under 2 minutes then do it then and there.
So this is the approved way of Getting Things Done.
However I found this is not optimal for a number of reasons – in this post I will describe my solutions
A couple of weeks ago I went to Thailand to launch our new MSc programme on Engineering Business Management. This has been consuming most of my summer, it’s shaping up to be quite an exciting development (in my view anyway) and this post gives some more details
This quick post gives a few details on a marking portal using a moodle database, with some useful features. If this interests you, read on
From July 19-21 I was in the beautiful city of Sheffield attending #ESLTIS2017 (Enhancing Student Learning through Innovative Scholarship).
It was great to connect again with a national community of teaching focussed academics. There were some interesting talks although for me the most productive sessions were hands on workshops: one dealing with embedding external partnerships within the curriculum(enterprise @sheffielduni); one on team based learning @KeeleUniversity. Both will directly inform my activities over the next year. Themes of most resonance to me:
- Programme Level Assessment
- Enterprise Engagement
- Peer Learning
- Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)
From 27-29 June, I was at a conference on the Circular Economy (CE). More specifically, it was titled “Sustainable Lifestyles, Livelihoods and the Circular Economy” – hosted by the Global Research Forum at the University of Sussex (SPRU/IDS).
On Friday I went to the FutureLearn Academic Network (FLAN) meeting in Milton Keynes to present my work with Bath Mechanical Engineering graduate Simon Coton.
Today’s Conversation with Cake involved a look at a recent paper reappraising the Dr Fox phenomenon. This led onto a discussion of meaningful student feedback – that is, feedback that informs and improves our teaching
I’ve taken to using my whiteboard as an information radiator.
On Monday 7 November, I went to the Sustainable Innovation conference at the Centre for Sustainable Design in Epsom. The theme of the conference was “Circular Economy” which ties in very nicely with my teaching and research on #itmbath.
Does the wifi disappear on your laptop? It might be just me, but I’ve had this recurring, intermittent and extremely annoying problem for a while. By wifi disappearing I don’t mean the wifi network, I mean the wifi adaptor itself. The laptop just doesn’t seem to realise it is wifi enabled. I finally found a fix, or at least a workaround.