The close liaison with the Audio Visual group, brought about by the demand for video of lectures, has proved too big a temptation for managers, and we've been rearranged (again). Now Jess and I (and possibly our two Moodle developers) will be formally aligned with AV and separated from the Flexible Learning members of our group. In these days of instant and infinitely re-configurable communications, I'd thought that physically restructuring was a rather 1960s way to deal with staff, and that groups can be set up and changed as required, without having to move seats and change reporting lines. Next month no doubt we'll do something else; will we get rearranged again to suit that change?
I'd like to sit our decision makers down and make them watch this TED talk by Clay Shirky, from 2005, when social media were just getting going. (The main message comes at around the 3-7 minutes mark.)