I had a busy week with most of the week travelling and being in Manchester.
Monday though was a series of meetings across the whole day, incorporating updates, discussing the customer experience, finalising our team coaching, and a meeting with our public affairs team.
Tuesday I headed first to the Bristol office, where I picked some stuff up I needed for Manchester (okay I picked up my coffee machine for the hotel) and had my Q2 review. After that I travelled up to Manchester.
I spent two days in Manchester planning, discussing, and conversing.
Reviewing industry perspectives on the metaverse and immersive platforms. Meta, Google are all laying off technical staff in this space, Apple have delayed their AR/VR product again. Lots of confusion between immersive games and the Metaverse. Apart from some niche areas (such as education) what is the unique selling point of the metaverse? As Paul Bailey in a recent blog post said: “Let’s be clear: the metaverse (however you define it) is decades away.”
I had a meeting on the second edition of the guide to the intelligent campus, the decision has been made to make it a web guide.
Read this blog post from Donna and Lawrie on digital leadership.
We no longer encounter as many people in workshop contexts who have the option of not engaging with digital. We no longer encounter people who believe that “digital” is a separate job that only a few people in an organization should have.
This reminds me of the staff IT induction sessions I use to run at Gloucestershire College, in that in 2006, there were many new staff who didn’t have and didn’t use e-mail, or the internet. By 2013, things had changed, all staff were using the internet and doing things that even I wasn’t doing online. Digital is not constant or standing still, it is constantly evolving and changing.
There is also a call to action on ensuring that digital leadership going forward is seen through the lenses of:
- Social justice and equity,
- Ethics, privacy, security, and intellectual property
- Environmental impact and sustainability of using Edtech (and tech generally) in education
Reviewing industry perspectives on AI and the impact of ChatGPT. Huge investments being made by Google and Amazon. Could we see an AI OS. Machine learning already in place in many applications (such as photo apps). Microsoft looking at including AI into tools such as Word (in a similar vein to a spellchecker and grammar checker).
My top tweet this week was this one.
— James Clay (@jamesclay) January 23, 2023