GOOGLE PLUS FEATURES in every creative multimedia module that I teach on the Clonmel campus of the Limerick Institute of Technology because I believe its infrastructure facilitates collaboration.
Many of our third level students are nonplussed by their first view of the G+ ecosystem because when they sign up and look at what's there, they often see just themselves. You have to build your Circles before you can see a result. I've made a short five minute YouTube video that shows a little activity inside Google Plus as I tap and scroll through my circles. You can play the clip inline below the break.
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THE 2011-12 ACADEMIC year starts with the Limerick Institute of Technology trying to work out how to leverage trust in the newly-formed large institution. From where I sit, there needs to be a greater awareness of helping people to find their "flow" -- their maximum effectiveness in an organisation -- and to ensure the organisation fosters mutual trust.
At the moment, small tribal teams have encamped throughout the organisation Those teams feed on implicit trust. But when the tribes surface inside the larger organisation, trust often breaks down. This leads to the growth of process and the oozing lethargy of bureaucracy.
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NEW LIT STUDENTS shouted out their hopes and fears for their academic adventure ahead in the School of Tipperary.
Several said they wanted to "get" something specific: a job, good grades, a degree, a girlfriend, answers to questions and long-term contacts. Several arrived on campus hoping for a new life experience, to meet new people, and to enjoy the creative multimedia course they are starting. Some of the 40 new students expressed specific things they would like to learn: sound editing, creating a credible portfolio, and the skills to start a new business. These are commendable hopes. But there are fears expressed with the hopes.
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THE FIRST ROUND of CAO acceptances have filtered into Tipperary Institute and it looks like 22 new faces will meet me for Media Writing. I'm getting the inside scoop on these first year students by paging through Managing Generation Y by Carolyn Martin and Bruce Tulgan. They say that members of Generation Y "want to be 'paid volunteers' - to join organizations not because they have to, but because they really want to, because there's something significant happening there." Gen-Yers may share their lecturers' passion for multimedia but with a twist. They don't do things exactly the way they're told. They don't expect a long apprenticeship doing on the way up the payscale.
Some things I have noted about this slice of the Irish population:
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I THOUGHT THAT I was among a small minority when it comes to using Skype and Instant Messaging in a study environment. Every time I sit down at my work desk, I click through a half-dozen IM texts and about the same number of Skype voice mails. Nearly every one of them deal with third level questions or queries about possible research projects. Less than a hundred miles away, there's a hive of study buddies using Skype, according to Robin Blanford.
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NYT -- The Educational Testing Service has announced a new battery of tests designed to test ICT literacy. This foray into the specialist area could conceivably avail an international mechanism for schools from around the world to measure the ability of graduates to perform in the connected work place.
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DUBLIN -- The Minister for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin, announced plans to establish a new statutory body, Education Ireland, to help attract overseas students. The window of opportunity is wide open for this kind of venture since the United States is punting students back across the ocean.
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