Thursday, 31 January 2013

Reality time

Holidays are over. After our week in Otago Heather started back at work, while I took another week and goofed around home doing odds and ends; hanging out the washing, watering the garden, painting the shed, and even went to town to watch the buskers.

Now I'm back at work, gearing up for the start of the academic year. I'm amazed at the way teaching staff leave things to the last minute; they multiply their stress, and ours, many times by asking for major changes in minimum time frames. We do what we can, but then we just have to hope that things work - with no time to test things, or for us to train the teachers properly, they're taking big risks.

We have a meeting tomorrow with e-learning staff from CPIT and Lincoln University, hopefully to organise some sharing of resources and expertise. We all have reduced budgets because of lower student enrolments, but online teaching is becoming more popular - that means we hear that favourite phrase of senior managers, "Doing more with less". The government seems to want us to share and combine, so this is a good start.

I'm wondering if this is a good thing in National Party land though. Whatever happened to "Spend heaps on advertising to steal students from the others, and let the market decide"? Have the Nats lost their belief in Market Forces?

A little bit of earthquake humour to finish with - this notice in our lift has attracted some graffiti.

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