Week One in my new full-time job at Charles Sturt Uni, and I have discovered the challenges that a few years of change ‘in the cloud’ have wrought! The ‘work’ challenges are being met thanks to the welcoming support from all my new colleagues. They are an amazing team, spread around the world, and in my online environment this is a wonderful extension of my already robust PLN.
However, as I settle into my preparation for working with students in courses online through Charles Sturt Uni, I also have to set up a whole swag of new equipment. Am I lucky? You think about it…
What do you do when you have to prepare a new lot of equipment for your online interactions. It should be easy – right? It used to be dead easy – load up a few software applications, add a couple of browsers (maybe) and then you’re away.
Well, if you are really working in an online 21st century kind of way (I’m sure you know what I mean), you’d find that you have to set aside loads of time, and would have to keep tinkering constantly for a week or two to re-establish your online tools, and favourite ways of managing your work productivley, collaboratively, creatively, and uber efficiently. I haven’t got the systems down pat yet – and am using this opportunity to review some things, so am keen to get some feedback if you have favourite tips and tricks that I’ve not listed.
I’ve been keeping a list as I chug along setting things up. I’ll remember more of them when I get back home from Wagga Wagga (loved seeing the kangaroos on campus!). Interestingly I find that I do different setups on different computers depending on how I ‘bend’ that particular tool to my needs. But without going into specifics, here’s what the list is looking like after one week…and I’m not finished yet. I found it incredibly frustrating initially to have a browser window that did just that – browse!! There are many tools/options, and some that I choose not to use, though I realise that they just might be amongst your favourites. Of course, it’s also about tools that synchronise, or work in partnernship with my iPhone and iPad.
I wonder how I ever used to work without the additional speed and flexibility that these tools provide me.
I wonder how YOU manage, if you don’t have a similar looking list?
Here’s my running list of core tools so far:
- Browsers: including Firefox, Chrome and Opera in addition to the one that comes with your equipment (e.g. Safari or IE)
- SecondLife etc
- Adobe Digital Editions
- SnagIT – not a cloud tool, but an essential for blogging etc.
Can’t wait to see how the list ends up! Tell me what I have missed too please …