Well I have been in my new job for just over a month now and have been very busy settling in and finding out exactly what I will be doing.
It is all rather exciting really, because Higher Education in Wales is going through a lot of changes due to the Welsh Assembly Government’s directive that all HEIs make use of Technology Enhanced Learning in their teaching and courses. This means using VLEs and a range of Web 2.0 apps wherever possible.
My job will be to advise and assist Academic and Support staff in the use of these technologies and devise new methods of delivery of lectures incorporating multi-media and so on.
My first task however is to bring the institution’s computers up to scratch by persuading network services to install Firefox on all the college pcs. I am sorry to report that the only browser currently available is Internet Explorer 6…shudder……no tabbed browsing and incorrect rendering of websites to boot.
I am also waiting for my own equipment to arrive and for some wireless access to be installed in my office so that I can at least use my own laptop with my browsers of choice installed instead of the dreaded IE6!!
I shall report back again soon with a further instalment of life in a small Welsh college trying to drag itself into the 21st Century….(with my help and enthusiasm..lol)