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Virtual Office Colleagues

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Since coming back from Maternity leave in March I’ve found it a little difficult to get back on track – a little out of the loop on a lot of things (not having project students etc) and not all of my office colleagues are in all the time, or they’re off teaching or what not. So I’ve been catching up no the phd stuff I stupidly though I could do on maternity leave, but couldn’t get my brain in gear when I came across a tweet that mentioned a group for parents studying phds – Since I now tick that box I though I’d join, and I’m glad I did.

Its very nice to have a big group of people, doing a similar thing to you, that you can call on for advice, enter into discussions with a generally get along with. There’s shut up and Write Sessions, questions on the true nature of pedagogy, lots of discussion on methodology etc (what’s also nice that unlike real office colleagues you can ignore them if you want to focus on something else) – I’m much more on board with what I was doing, and I’m starting to find the headspace I need to write.

It’s part of a trend I can see of more and more things drifting into the sphere of Facebook – group projects, staff groups, interest groups are all there and used, daily – which means switching off from everything else is increasingly hard. I don’t want to make a separate staff account. I like being able to interact with students, and it’s so useful when they don’t check their e-mails. I just can’t help wondering at what point it will all come crashing down?

Monthly Stats on Games Tech Social Media 3 years on

Friday, August 8th, 2014

For the past few years I’ve been keeping a track of our social media take up – so I knew where to concentrate our efforts. For the first year I updated it monthly – but since then I’ve just taken snapshots on the 8th of August every year.

Here’s this year’s.. (All the relevant posts, including the Ur Post with the magic updating Google Docs chart art tagged as smtrack)

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Now in theory all of those are active, but in reality you can see the top hitters – No surprises really, Twitter, Facebook – both profile & page and the Linked in Group.

Of course, this doesn’t really look at engagement – I’m running sumall on that now to have a quick look but it’s interesting in the time I’ve been keeping an eye on this how the landscape changes – Prospective students are much keener to ask question over facebook then e-mail, but only  about half of the facebook users are keen to engage with things (For example, for our Welcome Week event this year we’ve only got one meta event listed, to encourage communication through the years and to catch more students. Of the 250 invites 114 have not yet responded – and Facebook have got rid of the super useful option to send a message to people invited to an event, probably for this very reason)

I also can’t see the landscape changing much more in the next year, we could probably Vine & Instagram more, but realistically it’s going to be photos of things on computers, videos of people in the mocap studio and the occasional Mexican Wave in a lecture theatre.

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How today has gone…

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

January is always the busiest month, I think it’s Christmas holidays creeping up – although the switch to 30 credits has already helped a lot with the festive marking bottle neck (that and being able to mark TurnItIn from the iPad)

So, I have actually been research / not teaching related academically productive thanks to my app related regime in the past few months (along side increasingly screwball teaching) I’ve actually done the following:

  • Submitted things for FDG2014 (that’s the one on a cruise ship)
  • Learnt a lot about the new Horizon 2020 funding (Acronym Central)
  • Made some Pacman Christmas tree decorations for the faculty Christmas tree (I think this is my proudest achievement – that and the Ninja Turtle baubles I made for the office)
  • Mastered Mail Merge to make badges for Global Game Jam (not yet mastered printing onto badges)
  • Thought a little bit too much about Hogwarts House points and Gamification

Today alone I have done the following:

  • Set up a Game Jam research group on Mendeley
  • Discovered Japan’s Digra chapter have their own publication (but it’s in Japanese, and almost impossible to get hold of)
  • Submitted things for CHI2014 (that’s the one in Toronto)
  • Had a discussion on twitter about the products of Phd Procrastination, and if anyone had ever done a Phd on Phd Procastination – or would such a meta phd cause the universe to implode
  • Written 4 blog posts about things I meant to write blog posts about last semester but was too busy to do so (this has been aided by free Wi-fi in the Hollybush in Seighford while my husband plays the guitar)

And so, with irons in the fire, many of last years modules put to bed and a renewed sense of awesomeness I’ve got some very exciting ideas for 2014. That’s If I survive January with the junior / senior alpha showdowns, The Wild Rumpus, The 4th largest Global Game Jam site in the world, and a swanky Bafta launch party to keep me occupied…