BECAUSE SPOTIFY SERVES ME the 90s or K-pop instead of the music rut I want to occupy, I've finally decided to pay for a family membership so I can control my listening pattern. I prefer podcasts on Spotify instead of my 13yo's tracks.
Based on feedback from a survey creative media graduates, staff on the TUS-Clonmel campus are reviewing the Creative Media Design (CMD) degree. One future iteration of the programme could result in three clearly defined elective streams that would start no later than the fifth semester. One stream would be for web development. One stream would teach UX. And the third stream would give graduates strong expertise in digital marketing.
AS THE IRISH GOVERNMENT mulls over options to control an unexpected fourth wave of COVID-19, I'm auditing the technology I use that enables me to work from home. Near the top of the list is Microsoft Teams because of its ability to manage both large groups and private meetings.
I STARTED this blog post because I wanted to offload a bubbling mass of information about the atomic habits I've developed in support of effective personal knowledge management (PKM). Then I paused in mid-sentence to for my daily review with my Readwise app.
"You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems." That's one of the takeaways I've learned from James Clear.
THE WORLD LOOKS on as global leaders suggest ways to reduce carbon emissions. When all the climate action plans trickle down to the family level, I discover that unless we change what we drive and how far we travel, it's all just talk.
Excerpts I read in The Irish Times  and Sunday Business Post  suggest “core measures” of Ireland's Climate Action Plan involve changes to some previous targets for a variety of climate measures. Some of these changes include increasing the amount of car kilometres to be delivered by electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030 to 40-45 per cent of total car transport, up from 35-40 per cent in the 2019 plan. Another facet of the government plan proposes a 25 per cent decrease in the kilometres traveled in cars alongside a wider modal sift involving public transport and a condensed development strategy.
I reckon there are mountains of public opinion to shift before the public endorses the mileage targets by changing their modes of transport.
WE LISTEN TO LOCAL RADIO because our TippFM covers topics we hear when talking with neighbours. We know local radio listenership reaches an older demographic and have started reading about ways a younger listenership might be attracted to local radio stations.
I HAVE A LOT OF THOUGHTS about leadership bubbling up inside my second brain. Leadership is a prime topic following me from my days as an Air Force officer and it's the main feature during Congregation 2021.
WE ARE SPECIFYING a suite of creative media production tools that will help university students produce broadcast quality content while on remote assignments. For the past six years, I have used an iPad Mini with cellular connectivity and a suite of production apps, a Zoom H6 field recorder, a Samsung Galaxy handset or an iPhone with several Android apps, Google Drive, Spreaker Studio, a battery pack, and assorted cables. It will cost €1105 to secure the iPad Mini and the Zoom H6 for student use.
SINCE IRELAND APPEARS to be on the path of increasing incidences of COVID, I'm planning interventions that take students outside or following steps to open exterior doors even as the temperatures drop. The science supports my interventions.
EVEN THOUGH I can support students in their acclamation of the value of remote learning, the default position at my university is to learn inside our four walls (with the windows and doors wide open to fight COVID, of course). I surveyed students about what they found most useful while learning remotely for more than a year. I think many of their ideas will serve them well in their pursuit of lifelong learning.