It’s been a very busy couple of months in my life, what with conferences, trips to the webs coast, new people, social media dust ups, black eyes, and quitting my job… you know, the usual. Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily events that we don’t really get to do all those things we intend to get around to. This time, however, I have some news that really should make the rounds, if only to put the musings to rest.
Let’s make the announcement now, shall we?
I’m thrilled to say that I’ve found a home with Penn State’s Education Technology Services (ETS) group. A part of the larger Teaching and Learning with Technology unit, ETS provides leadership and support in the appropriate use of technology for teaching, learning, and research. How do they do this? From their site:
- Creating opportunities to engage faculty to further their use of technology for teaching and learning
- Supporting technology innovation and adoption to support to teaching and learning
in research opportunities to better educate faculty, staff, and
students in the use of emerging technologies as they relate to teaching
- Enhancing curricula through the use of instructional design
- Managing University-wide technology implementations that are designed to support teaching, learning, and research
both physical and virtual events that are designed to bring members of
the teaching and learning community together to engage in meaningful
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Cole Camplese’s group on previous events like the TLT Symposium and Learning Design Summer Camp, as well as talking the tech talk at BS Breakfasts on Friday mornings. They are a wicked smart group of people, and I am thrilled to be counted among them as an Educational Technologist.
So what do I get to do? I’m working on testing, evaluating and documenting new technologies, work in social media, and assist with the planning of these great professional development events for the learning design community — basically, everything I love doing already. I feel blessed to know these people believe I have something to offer their group as well, and that they are happy to have the whole @Robin2go package. To be able to embrace this work as the person I am is a dream come true. Of course, I’ll still be doing some of my freelance work, and rolling up my sleeves to dabble in Drupal, so I will be busy. But happy. Let us not forget that most important aspect of my new existence.
I’m very, very happy.
I came into work this morning listening to the soundtrack from to Broadway musical Pippin. (Yesterday it was Live, and the day before it was U2. Blame the DJ in me.) I realize that sometimes the Universe is practically shaking me by the shoulders:
Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly
I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky
Thanks for the warm welcome, ETS. You are my kind of people, and I finally feel like I’m home.
I’ve found my corner of the sky.