What am I?

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

At a distance

I'm on holiday at the North Sea. Hence I should perhaps not even be thinking of learning technologies, right? Oh, well, but I do find it amazing how easy it is to get connected these days. It has its downsides, like not being able to completely distance yourself from work related matters but on the other hand it's just a matter of making decisions, so I'm switching off now to explore a Dutch harbour with lots of sailing boats :-)

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Digital versus analogue?

It's not really the all important question. But I've just re-discovered my vinyl record selection. Luckily my rather ancient turntable is still working. And it's a very strange feeling, having to admit that vinyls somehow sound rounder (pardon the pun)! Never mind the crackling noises. Maybe this should remind me that digital has its place, but its not for everything? Maybe there's a quality to things that needs different kinds of appreciation. Like this guy, who lives in the Ashmolean (mind you, it's a digital photo):

Monday, 23 May 2011

Exploring virtual film sets

Hello - I'm Kyramaya

There's a chance I may find my way back into Second Life again, because Immersive Virtual Worlds (IVWs) are perceived to potentially deliver very useful scenarios, and avatars can be the actors in virtual film sets. Unlike real actors in a real film set, they would be perfectly controllable by the avatar creators, BUT: would they be really appealing? How much time would it take to customise scenarios in Second Life to make them suitable for specific purposes? How much effort would I have to put into dressing the avatars according to purpose, and get 'the looks' right? Aaaargh. Lots of questions. Other alternatives need parallel exploration: virtual stage systems, and authoring software for 3D virtual worlds.

Are lots of other learning technologists out there already exploring this agenda?

Friday, 6 May 2011

Learning Technologist - to be or not to be?

Today I received my 'at risk' letter as part of the Brookes re-structuring process. The new job title for what used to be called 'Learning Technologist' seems to be 'Digital media and e-learning developer'. The new job description is not published yet. No room for improvement re career from my humble perspective, but I better wait and see if there's a future at all for my job, never mind the career.

Contemplating to put up this 'Keep calm and carry on' poster, which seems to be everywhere anyway, so why ever not in my office as well? Carrying on calmly is difficult under these circumstances. After 7 years of having done my best as a 'Learning Technologist' (and it was pretty good, if I may say so myself) it feels very odd not be called that any longer, even if I manage to keep my job ...