Happy New Year

A new semester and a new academic year. New challenges, new opportunities, new possibilities. Dreams, wishes and thoughts which were once dormant emerge from the spring, as the newness is embraced. The worries come fleeting by. Fears of the unknown are intertwined with the strength of the knowing but that propels us to turn up.…

Unfamiliar or improbable?

“There is a tendency in our planning to confuse the unfamiliar with the improbable” – Thomas Schelling, Harvard economist, in reference to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour Although the above quote is not at all in reference to education or technology – it nonetheless is related and important. There will inevitably be a wall in…

Individualism and Gratitude in Higher Education 

Higher education can seem somewhat individualistic. I remember one academic comparing teaching to an egg box – where we are all connected but work in individual silos. The mass individualism which may settle in some departments and schools can corrupt the culture and environment of a sector which must influence and educate. I reflect on, but…