The initial indications from the Central Applications Office suggest LIT's newly-acquired School of Tipperary will have a stronger, arty cohort too. (I've sharpened my Derwent pencils in anticipation). Although academic averages are just one factor in predicting overall success towards finishing a third level course, higher aptitudes in classrooms permit me to push my educational material to students just a little faster, while insisting upon high levels of final exam performance. Said another way, I feel more confident that the additional minutes I've programmed for short film reviews will lead to much more engaging classroom discussion. I've less than a week remaining to program some of the workload for the September-December time frame.
One of the most significant shifts in the way I operate involves little notebooks connected to an electronic workflow. I've learned from experience that I need to walk away from technology at least two hours of every work day because if I truly mean to engage in practical sessions with students, I need face time more than data projector time. But I have to ensure my always-on notebooks follow a structure that's mirrored with Evernote, production notes, and a course delivery schedule that's pulsating on Moodle. This is the first year that I intend to track every week of the academic programme by assigning work to myself through both a virtual learning environment (a hybrid of mobile Google docs and Moodle) and via epubs delivered to my Kindle. This is a work in progress and I'll continue the conversation in the "staff items" category of my educasting blog as the academic year gets underway in Ireland.