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Chris Jobling
University lecturer. Web enthusiast; dabbler in software engineering and control systems; #PLENK2010, #CCK11 and #CHANGE11 participant; EG-353 coordinator. Squirrel and meerkat.
University lecturer. Web enthusiast; dabbler in software engineering and control systems; #PLENK2010, #CCK11 and #CHANGE11 participant; EG-353 coordinator. Squirrel and meerkat.
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How does Google+ order things? It seems quite random and it's difficult to find out what's new in a community.

Who or what has influenced me? This calls for reflection. And anything that calls for reflection, or at my age, a good memory, immediately causes panic. (I honestly can't even think of anything worth putting into an HEA fellowship application.) So when someone asks me to complete a detailed survey on my personal pedagogy (I don't even know what that means) for which honest, detailed and perhaps painful reflection would be needed, you'll appreciate why I'd want to decline.

If you can have imposter anxiety after being in this job as long as I have, I have it.

However, +Chrissi Nerantzi is someone who, though I've never met her, has always been supportive of my coming out as an open practitioner! So when she said, in response to a tweet, that I should come here and discuss this, I felt that I couldn't decline.

To return to the question, the truth is, I don't know. I was thrown in at the deep end 32 years ago. There was a syllabus that I had to cover so I read text books like mad and created some too-detailed notes that I nervously reproduced by hand on acetate on a overhead projector in front of a class that I felt hated me. I had no PGCERT, no training, no mentor, no encouragement, no peer observation, no support. Nothing.

It was, and to some extent still is, terrifying.

For most of my colleagues, that kind of introduction to HE has thankfully gone. But I still hold a grudge against the institution (I still work there) that allowed me to have that experience and has never really fulfilled its obligations to ensure that I was trained, after the fact, in what I was supposed to be doing! And supported to ensure that I was doing it in the best possible way. And getting better at it.

All I've learned in my long career, and I'm not sure that it's very much, I have taught myself. So, on reflection, if anyone has influenced me, it's me.





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My answers to last night's @BYOD4L #byod4lchat questions.

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Photography is creation too I guess.
This view made me happy this morning.

Singleton Park, Swansea around 9:30 am. 
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My creation. https://www.thinglink.com/scene/878951491887431681

There's a how I did it hidden in the picture.

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Helen Crump reflects on this week's #byod4l

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This view made me happy this morning.

Singleton Park, Swansea around 9:30 am. 
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