I'M GLAD THAT I HAVE a relatively quiet weekend ahead because it's going to take a few hours for me to decompress several significant outcomes related to a field trip our creative media students completed in Dublin. The five students got specialised attention while inside Workday and Google. We got tailored content and special treatment.
The pacing of the day was so fast that I didn't take time out to record any audio snippets. In fact, we were asked not to record some of the things we heard and saw.
I'm going to simply list a few headline thoughts a day after the events finished, then return to this blog post to mark up some more details.
Snags with public transport affect timetables.
Getting in and out of Dublin took more than 12 hours, door to door. There is no way students will attend class the following day if they return to their bed sits after 8PM following an intense hands-on day beforehand. Hence, we ask for dedicated minibus service from the home campus in order to make the run to Dublin, Cork, or Galway.
Eat while scurrying.
We had hour-long sessions in two venues in Dublin. It would take more than an hour to walk between the companies we visited. Consequently, the only meal for our traveling cadre had to fit in before 11am or after 4PM. I didn't brief that fact to the crew before we started but will remember the next time.
Come with questions.
It's up to me to ensure students know who we're visiting and what those people do in the places we visit. I want to hear one question per visitor beforehand next time.
Build responsive profiles.
The best skill I can ensure every student has when they pass through any academic module I teach is something electronic that prospective employers can view. In the case of my highly skill creative media students, I'm going to mandate content viewable through accelerated mobile publishing.
Previously on InsideView.ie:
"Office Call @workday". November 16, 2017.
"Off to see Google", November 17, 2017.