I took a week off, but lots of important stuff happened. Surprisingly, the university doesn't stop when I leave campus. Crazy!
The Educational Development Unit's Strategic Plan was published as part of our department website. What a fantastic, inclusive process. The EDU's strategic plan is going to be the foundation of everything we do, and it will be extremely useful to have this as a public and living document. Also, the EDU Portfolio, to document what we do as a department.
D2L is upgrading our environment to the latest-and-greatest 10.5.1 next week (we're still running on 10.3.something), and there were lots of things that needed to be checked/verified/tested/not-lost-in-noise. In hindsight, this was a pretty horrible week for me to be away. But it was also pretty amazing, seeing team members track the important moving pieces, develop testing plans, coordinate with people across campus, and manage the final stages of upgrade planning with the vendor. Absolutely fantastic work. I couldn't be more proud of the entire team, but especially Izzy, who absolutely knocked it out of the park this week. I was going to dial in to the Big Go/No-Go call to help make the final decision, when I realized there was literally nothing that I would add to the process at that point. She'd already shepherded the process and called the ball. I am so completely impressed by her, and by her growth in the new role. Fantastic!
- Jim Groom
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- Jon Kruithof.: LMS Review
- via Stephen Downes
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- Design Thinking Comes of Age
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I took some much-needed time off, and headed out of town for a few days. Thankful for good friends who tolerate friends imposing themselves.