Weeknote 34/2013

Weeknote 34/2013

This week I’ve been:

  • Taking Monday off. I’ve found taking a few long weekends over the summer (giving me 3-day working weeks) has meant I’ve kept on top of stuff. It also means I keep more PTO/holiday days for later in the year when I really need them.
  • Meeting with UNESCO again, this time to talk specifically about the Web Literacy Standard.
  • Registering for the Scottish Learning Festival. I believe this will be my fifth year in a row (in four different jobs!)
  • Putting together my slides for the eAssessment Scotland conference.
  • Attending my first new calls/meetings since moving teams within Mozilla.
  • Meeting with various people interested in getting involved with Open Badges and/or the Web Literacy Standard.
  • Contributing to the Open Badges Community and Badge System Design community calls.
  • Clarifying (in my mind) the difference between Open Badges as credentials, rather than ‘qualifications’.
  • Meeting with Chris Lawrence to thrash out the first 100 days in my new role.
  • Travelling up to Dundee to present at eAssessment Scotland as part of MyKnowledgeMap‘s Open Badges session. My slides and an interview with Karen Strickland and me can be found in my write-up of the conference.

Next week I’ll be observing the Summer Bank Holiday – except for 4-5pm when I’ll be hosting the Web Literacy Standard community call. Other than that, it’s a pretty quiet week just getting ready for normality when everyone goes back to school in September!

Weeknote #20

This week I have been mostly…

Attending the Scottish Learning Festival

I attended the Scottish Learning Festival last year when I was Director of E-Learning at the Academy. It was very different going from an FE/HE point of view!

To be honest, I was there as much for the TeachMeet as I was to find out other things. My conference blog has further details about the TeachMeet and the awesome games-based learning stuff I found out!

Volunteering my services

Suitably enthused by the Scottish Learning Festival and a couple of things I’ve read this week, I’ve volunteered my services to the Headteacher of Ben’s new school. I wrote him a letter explaining how much Ben’s enjoying school nursery, my background and that I’d like to help however I can.

I managed to meet the Head shortly afterwards and he said he’d like me to come in. We didn’t have time to talk details, but I’m optimistic about great things happening!

Counting my blessings

The Telegraph leaked a list of quangos at risk of government cuts yesterday. JISC isn’t a quango but is funded by HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England), which is. Thankfully, the latter’s deemed useful and safe. Phew!

Given the stimulus of attending the Scottish Learning Festival in a different role, I’ve been reflecting on my life and counting my blessings. I’m very fortunate to have flexible working arrangements, a pretty secure job and a wonderful family. 🙂