During the past four years I have neglected my blog. To be honest I neglected many things in my life while I completed my Master’s and my PhD, but now I have completed my studies and I will again try my best to post on a more regular basis. This time however when I blog it will not only focus on technological advances and online tools, but also rather focus on areas of interest to me. Primary focus at this stage is leadership, academic innovation and research.
As an update I would also just like to mention that I have moved from Bloemfontein to Johannesburg and from the Central University of Technology, Free State to the University of the Witwatersrand. I have kept quite a low profile at conferences and also limited my public speaking and workshops during the past four years. It would actually be an interesting challenge to see just how long it would take to actually claw myself back into the main stream academic, educational technology and general technology communities. Is this even possible? During the past four years things have changed and the things that I specialised in is now part of everybody’s lives. How to get ahead of the crowd again will be a challenge and being able to present on topics that ahead of the rest will take some time.
The innovative use of technologies in ways that have not been thought of before will take some reflection and research, but I am sure with dedication this will again be possible.
Innovation is key when you deal with technology, the ability to teach with technology should be seen as an art, that is exactly what it is. The ability to create and structure a course in a way that will engage students using technology should not be taken lightly. But let me not get ahead of myself. I want to keep posts short as to make them easy to read and understand.
During the next few weeks my blog will get a facelift! And I will start to post more often. Follow me on Twitter @nicobaird