ONE OF THE BIGGEST concerns I have about being locked out of work is losing any sort of internal communications. Since we cannot meet casually around a coffee dock or chat at a table in the canteen, I'm trying to use apps (in the screenshot) that give me meaningful online pulse points.
As I write this, I realise I have no watering hole for staff communications. We have no listserv, no online commons area. More than ever, we need to leverage Microsoft Teams.
We get regular updates by e-mail from Vincent Cunnane, the president of the Limerick Institute of Technology. I can see a flow of information from the LIT Instagram account. And mainstream media covers some main points of what the staff of LIT are doing to enhance the community. However, my online watering holes don't expose these important sources of information because meaningful nuggets aren't put into places that are open to easy scraping and sharing of the information.
I need an RSS feed from the main LIT website news section.
I'm keeping a COVID-19 Ireland photo album that documents items of interest arising from our era of self-isolation. I expect to revist this blog post sometime in early May and to explain how I've worked around my loss of essential internal communications.
As we hunker down and begin a phase of emergency remote teaching and learning, I have a small group of creative media students who have migrated content through three iterations of content management systems. One of the core values of their work is making the by-products of their content production frictionless. We plan to share some of the results of their work internally with the LIT staff and that means some of the local publications need to see several blog posts these students have created. It's possible that the academic progress of students will help us develop a better world--one with a stream of content from a virtual water coooler.
Things Tried Previously:
"Trying to make Yammer Work Remotely", February 16, 2016.
"Easy HQ Audio Feedback with Class OneNote," July 20, 2017.