I HAVE FIVE MORE welcoming addresses to enjoy before I hang up my whiteboard markers. Today, I'm taking notes in a yellow Moleskine journal during the annual welcoming address. As in previous years, I plan to annotate some notes with rectangles, some with stars, and some with exclamation points. Each of those annotations indicates a call to action I should consider.
Equally important for me is a half hour union meeting where the agenda suggests major concern with the financial viabiity of one of our campus locations. There are many reasons for this unfortunate situation. I think an underlying cause is the fact that the natural order always favours the larger entity. In our case, because Limerick is a larger population area, courses offered closer to where people live will always draw greater numbers. The bulk of my teaching hours sit in County Tipperary, a rural area where students are more likely to come from farming backgrounds or from small towns.
There is also another issue in play and it revolves around management decisions to offer the most popular courses in as many locations as possible. When that happens, the bigger population centre will always draw attract a greater enrollment. That is a conclusion reached by Mark Muro of the Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program.
Throughout the working sessions preceding the start of the 2019/20 academic year, I watched my newsfeeds spew out dramatic statements about Brexit. If Great Britain leaves the European Union, Ireland will be affected in dramatic ways. Although no public announcement has been made from Brussels concerning financial assistance to Ireland on the heels of a border being erected between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, I believe there could be a pocket of funding similar to the generous allocation offered to Ireland from the European Globalisation Fund back in 2011, when I made several handheld videos with mobile phones as part of an intense Special Purpose Award.
I have created third level and distance education training materials for the past 30 years. I helped devise Ireland's first Webmaster Skills Programme in 1997. In Tipperary, I wrote the first BSc in Creative Multimedia in 2002. I want to continue drafting relevant Honours Degree and graduate education programmes. That will mean I need to cull five cubic feet of planning materials ready for my next higher education iteration. I've started before the first day of this current semester as part of a Countdown Plus.
If you want to see what I will help craft for the creative media horizon, bookmark my blog InsideView.ie and look at the first week of 2020. Alternatively, just listen to my Topgold Audio Clips podcast on Spotify. Ask your smart device for "Bernie Goldbach podcast". Or browse to https://spreaker.com/show/topgold
[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus with the Limerick Institute of Technology. Several of the images in this blog post link to photo albums containing related content.]