I'M SPENDING A cold Saturday on a Surface Book beaming into a hybrid conference held in Cong, County Galway, Ireland. Although the conversations will be stimulating, I know what I'm missing while separated by miles in the ether.
THE FIRST TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY graduates to finish on the Clonmel Digital Campus represent an array of creative skills. My hat is off to this proud group of finishers who maneuvered through a host of challenges while the world was locked down due to COVID.
[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus of the Technological University of the Shannon.]
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.
THE FIRST MAINSTREAM PUBLICATION to mention the word "blogs" was The New York Times on August 2, 1999. While blogging has receded as a touchpoint for everyday discussion, services like WordPress continue offering compelling reasons to host content on the open internet instead of behind closed apps such as Instagram and Facebook.
I'm working with conversational glue at the end of June 2021. I made an audio clip while reflecting on things I've done that are going to stay with me long after the annual audiomo challenge passes into the next year.
The most import thing I learned in this 11th year of audiomo is that there are dimensions of communications that are more constructive when they have a community building dynamic. In this case, the self-organising community of audiomo binds together by a conversational glue.
I met up with Josh O’Farrell Hurley using Zoom during audiomo, a monthly social audio challenge. We created two video clips, one for Twitter that also went to Josh’s Soundcloud account and another for Flickr. The one for Twitter was similar to a clip Ray Garraud and Ernie Hartley made using their Backpack Studio app. You can also create threaded audio commentary by using Limor or Swell.
ALONG WITH PAM O'BRIEN, I got sucked into a day of inspirational ideas during the annual CESI Conference in Ireland. And I have a confession--I wasn't watching the Zoom Screen all the time. Instead, I rested my eyes on our Axolotls while listening to conference presentations.
This is an important skill--toggling between screens--because knowing how to do this staves off Zoom Fatigue. It's an important concept flagged by Dermot Casey in his LinkedIn feed.
SEVEN YEARS AGO, I marveled at the YouTube tutorials Eugene O'Loughlin was churning out. I listened as he shared his experiences with a packed room during DIT's e-learning Summer School in 2013. Eugene often recorded his lectures beforehand and posted them on YouTube. After every lecture period at the National College of Ireland, Eugene would return to his office to often discover 100 more people had viewed his material online than had listened to him in the lecture hall.
Last week, Eugene O'Loughlin finished packing up Room 3.21 in the National College of Ireland. And today he retired from teaching.