Friday, 29 May 2015

Workplace tools: a quick update

I've been quite fond of talking about workplace tools but it hasn't been happening very much recently so here's a quick summary of some new additions.

I'm particularly interested in this at the moment, so there are a few things which you can do automatically on the iPad which are rather cool.


Use this to set up automatic triggers for example

  • create an automatic posting with title and link to Facebook or Twitter triggered by
  • creating a new blog post
  • getting to a timed calendar entry


Adds itself to your share option in many iPad apps.

  • Use it to perform routine actions in a standard manner.
  • You can choose from a gallery of prepared workflows or...
  • Create your own workflow through a contextualised menu
  • This is great for personal workflow like appending note items to an existing Evernote
  • It can also be used to automate ad hoc activities which occur more than once - tweeting about a web page *and* adding it to a calendar



Saturday, 16 May 2015

Waves hello

Stuff that goes in here is meant to be about my work passions and life in general. Life work balance is an important consideration. You migh also get pointers to other stuff I have published elsewhere, especially when I have finally mastered IFTTT - which will of course get a post in its own right. 
Here also you can expect info generally valuable to post grads and project students about writing, research methods, workflow and productivity. 
Other stuff you can exoect on here is likely to relate to equality, feminism and the workplace. 
You can put them all under the umbrella of personal growth and cultural change ... It's probably going to be eclectic :-) 

Saturday, 7 February 2015


It's not just my blog which has been pretty intermittent. It's been awhile since I've really had a chance to do anything positive about my own professional development. Somehow or other the grind of the day job has put anything developmental onto the back burner.

This is ironic because as a one-time educational developer and they and a frequent advocate of developmental activities, Iseems to have been subjecting myself to what is effectively, personal neglect.

Enough of the ringing of hands and gnashing of teeth. The University has finally got its act together and resumed its development program for women using the fabulous resources produced by the springboard consultancy.

My immediate reaction on experiencing the first session, was great great anger directed at the university itself thinking… So great thank you very much only 10 to 15 years too late!

In gallipots my academic career because the project I was involved with if I was able to take advantage of many many different developmental opportunities. The daily grind of being a grant Academic is actually about doing teaching and getting the papers published. It is possible to argue that you learn onThe job and course for many years in my annual review I have done just that .

However when it comes to investment, the universities long ago realised that it needed to invest in its profs and senior managers is just as anybody else had to get on and do things as best they could.

So well done to the university for finally getting its act together, and note to self look after your own development whenever you feel the need

Friday, 25 April 2014

Thinking about student ratings

There are many ways in which student ratings cause controversy
Seldom do those who collect such ratings do not subject their planning, delivery or data analysis to the same rigorous critiques which might be applied to research survey data, yet too often the "findings" are appropriated to measure or manage teachers, or to shape and revise the curriculum.
This area needs a lot if thought, and is worthy of greater, more considered, discussion. As ever our reliable commentator at Tomorrow's Professor, is waiting in the wings to point to some insights.


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Another test post

From a different mobile device 

Checking out mobile postings

The blog has been a bit too moribund of late, so I am checking out mobile posting 

This one was save to draft :-)

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