2020 Week 01


A quiet week on campus, after the university was closed over the christmas break.

quiet on campus

I did some D2L support. I did some work on UCalgaryBlogs and filed a ticket to get the server back online (it had somehow been knocked offline overnight), then updated some plugins/themes. I worked on a document to describe the vulnerabilities for the various learning technologies that we build/support in the TI. ██ █████ ██████████ ███████████ ███ ██████████ ██ ███ █████████ ████████ ███ ██████ ██ ███ ██████ █████.

I put together a personal philosophy statement, which started as a challenge for a team member to think about their mission, and I wanted to go through the exercise myself. I appreciated taking the time to formalize my thought about this, and will revise it later, once it’s had some time to steep.

quiet at the TI


  • Read Jesper Juul’s Half-Real and got some ideas for how to translate some of this game theory into my PhD research plan…


I need more sleep. The christmas break wasn’t nearly long enough. I also need more exercise. And to eat better. Kind of a holy trinity of not-taking-care-of-myself going on there… 2 days of work this week, and I’m already/still feeling pretty fried. That’s not sustainable.

I did the Year Compass reflective workbook, to review stuff that happened in 2019 (holy crap what a year) and think ahead to what I want from 2020 (please god not another one like 2019).

I signed up for TRU’s Digital Detox program. Sounds interesting, and I really want to learn more about how Brian’s team is able to do so much amazing work.

We started watching Shameless. Which is kind of surreal, given the history of crippling alcoholism in my family, and J’s work in the field of social work.

Focus for next week

  • setting up the next meeting for the LTAC Processes WG.
  • reconnecting with my team and the rest of the TI
  • attending the D2L Connection online conference on wednesday (or, attending as much as possible - the drawback with online conferences is that you’re in the office, so things come up). We’ll be looking for more online opportunities, now that travel likely won’t be possible for the next few years.
  • a couple of consultations with instructors who are teaching in the TI, to talk about what they want to do in their courses and how the tech in the studios might support that
  • going skating at lunch at least once. I need to be more active.

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