I have accepted a position with Athabasca University and, as a result, will be leaving my current position at University of Manitoba. It was a tough decision. I’ve enjoyed working at U of M – particularly with Peter Tittenberger, Director of Learning Technologies Centre, one of the most creative/innovative leaders I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
When presented with an opportunity to work with Terry Anderson, Jon Dron, Rory McGreal, Griff Richards, and others (I don’t think I’ll be working directly with Debra Hoven, but will enjoy the conversations, I’m sure!), the prospect of fertile soil for innovation and discussion is too great to resist!
I’ll post more about position details and work tasks soon, but at this stage, my work will be positioned with the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute and the broader university community in developing a virtual media lab. It appears I’ll be able to continue my current focus of online conferences, workshops, elearnspace newsletter, and related activities. In addition to planning a November 1 start date at Athabasca, I have a somewhat hectic speaking schedule for the rest of fall (Portugal, Vancouver, Norway, Barcelona, Toronto, New Zealand).
I believe we are at an exciting time in higher education, where new technologies, new pedagogies, and even new institutional structures, will converge to produce an unprecedented period of innovation in learning and learning sciences. Change, at personal, professional, and organizational levels is today’s educational zeitgeist.