Forest for the trees

Thanks to Brian today I have remembered there is a forest.

My job has got to the point where the ‘to do’ list exceeds my memory banks and I’m reliant on the kindness of Microsoft task list to keep me on track. The list is all worthwhile and productive outcomes, but somewhere it became a list full of trees and not any forest.

Brian today was talking to me about a range of issues but one that came up was academics who are adverse to the use of technology. I restated my position that technology supports the learning outcomes and the teaching philosophy of the academic and that sometimes no technology is required at all. Brian pointed out that some people see ‘technology determination’ driving their teaching. They are having technology imposed on them and this makes them adverse to trying new technologies.

This statement led me back to my forest. He’s right. We aren’t communicating why technology is being imposed. We aren’t explaining how it supports outcomes because we aren’t supporting the implementation. Somewhere I forgot to talk to academics and explore technology in their world. Thanks to Brian I’m going to return to my forest, somehow, by booking time aside in my diary to walk to academics and talk to them. If I lose sight of supporting the uptake of technology and academic engagement, my list full of trees will be useless. Well, it will be worth the paper it’s written on – remember how I record my tasks!

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