It probably should be the best time of year. Trying new things, getting up and running for the year.
In fact, it’s not. It’s largely firefighting, getting little things sorted in a less than decorous fashion, with the exception of Veronica’s project and Nicola’s Creative Thinking – it’s been a lot of business as usual. And the LMS review. I have done 12 sessions with staff in the last three weeks.
Do we do a Moodle trial?
This is the question – and the committee may be ready to make a decision on Wednesday. I’ve compiled a document comparing Blackboad and Moodle, and Podcast as well. My sessions were to elicit feedback on IF we have a trial and any comment on the PROCESS of a trial.
I’ve had a lot to do with Moodle in a short time. I’ll need to do a silly little things easlity fixed with Moodle post soon.
Why did we choose Drupal??
Still tinkering with drupal for our UCTL. Got a request for a revamp two weeks after we launched, and are now working on this. Drupal is cool!! But it is just a framework. Needs a lot of fixing to get it anywhere – needed is a template install with some stuff done. May be coming: Via Glen Davies:
In summary: Chris Pirillo (LockerGnome) wants to produce decent installs of Drupal for non geeks, out of the box functionality. Not just a framework.
Having just been through a drupal install, some built in installs would be great. There are several things I don’t really know much about in Chris’s talk. Chris is behind “activity streams”, a Drupal plugin. http://drupal.org/project/activitystream He is a little polemical and evangelistic in this video.
Getting things Done. GTD. My story continues . . .
I now do have a system where pretty well my whole life is in folders and lists. Piece of cake. It’s the psychic side that has been a problem. Tim Barnes, an old friend from the 60’s visited from California and has talked about a Canadia consultant (whose name escapes me)who describes three types of days:
- Days where yooyu are really focused on your delivery of core business stuff. You are on the top of your game. You are delivering %110
- Day’s off. Resting. No work. Re-creating.
- Days to make sure type I and II actually happen.
A simple little template, which has been quite helpful during the busy March that is just about to end. My unit is less than a day. But the principle applies.
I’ve tried the 43 Folders approach. Didn’t work. Merlin has several buckets to toss e-mail into. I’ve checked a few of the variatins on this model, and until M$ outlook implements decent tagging, I’m sticking with three buckets.
- Follow Up – no more than 30 e-mails, but it can drift up. All the stuff Merlin has in Waiting for, Action, Follow up etc. I have NOT been able to get hard edges, and rely on search in this folder . . .
- Recent Past. A plie, that often includes “May need” I sort these later into Monthly buckets.
I also have a ton of subject related folders. These are growing at the rate of one a week. I am cavalier with these. I just chuck things into them as references I may use. My mail is empty several times a week at the moment. BUT:
The wiki committee. The day I got a new wiki toy to play with with any classes I went to the University (Dekiwiki – but that is another story) I joined a committee to have it’s first meeting. The purpose: To investigate whether we needed a centrally supported wiki. We are doing the usual university thing: terms of reference, minutes . . . . we are sort of using a wiki, but it is not available outside the firewall, and at the moment people are still using e-mail.
The LMS Review committee. We have a superb forum, notifications etc – but people are still using e-mail. I am not actually on the committee (whew!!) but I am at their beck and call. We are now playing e-mail non-collabnoration in the countdown to a decision on Wednesday.
Which brings me to my next matter.
Death to e-mail at work
Today I stumbed across the blog of Luis Suarez www.elsua.net/
One of the worst designed wordpress blogs I have ever seen (little things like Blue on blue side columns, no post summaries, Scores and scores of links and stuff that prints in a single column out if you print a page (No print CSS!!!), lousy search, but I digress – ) – this guy is onto something about e-mail. It’s been hard to locate the posts in his latest theme, but there are several dating back over 7 week on a theme: death to work e-mail.
(quote to come, I cannot locate on the site the first post . .)
Death to work e-mail: with one exception . . . (personal, private/sensitive e-mails from one person to you) The rest?? Put it in some decent social software tool. Cool. Here are the posts: Week 1 (the announcement) | Week 3 | Week 6 | Week 7
As an aside, his comments about Twitter I will come back to later.
OK. Enough for now. Still to come. Blogging and wiki policies. TALO. China.