I had various meetings this week and spent time in our Bristol office, as well as working from home.
I wondered if silo working is another word for non-strategic working? People often complain about silo working and the resulting challenges that can arise. I think part of the reason why there are problems with duplication, conflict, and lack of communication, across silo working, is teams are working to their own objectives and aren’t necessarily working towards common objectives.
The NSA in the US talks of silo working as cylinders of excellence. You can have outstanding or excellent teams, but not necessarily have an excellent organisation. See this blog post I wrote about that. I think I might expand on this on a future blog post.
I attended the Adobe and Wonkhe Education Espresso event on supporting pedagogical development and innovation.
I had a meeting on licensing development and links to intelligent campus and student experience.
I had a meeting with organisers of on possible speaking opportunity and possible session ideas for EDUtech Europe 2024.
I had an Intelligent Campus meeting with the Honeywell PoC team at Jisc.
I also had a meeting for planning a workshop on building a smart or an intelligent campus.
Had an informal discussion with colleagues in Jisc on learning spaces. I have been looking at how Jisc can support universities in the learning spaces space. What help and support do universities need, and what help and support do we want from Jisc. We also discussed the compromise that is a flexible learning space. Often, we see universities building flexibility into their learning spaces, as that is often seen as easier than building flexibility into curriculum design and timetabling.
Continued my work on a concept for supporting institutions in the smart campus space. This included reviewing the Higher Education Reference Model with an intelligent campus lens.
I recorded some content for an internal podcast. I used my Snowball microphone using Quicktime. I did a test recording, which sounded fine, and then did the actual recording. After sending it off I got some feedback that the audio recording was noisy. I checked my recording and there was a lot of interference. I had written a script for the recording, so it was quite easy to re-record the piece. This time though I used Garageband to record the podcast clip, and then checked that it sounded okay before sending it off.
I attended the UCISA Event – Digital poverty and digital capability – a vicious cycle?