“There is something wrong with you! You have no sense of urgency about time!” I was recently admonished while sitting in my chair reflecting upon Patricia Hampfl’s delightful book of essays entitled The Art of the Wasted Day. Don’t retire, accelerate advises Bracken Darrell, Head of Logitech, in a recent LinkedIn blog piece.
Here are some of my previous thoughts about time:
A canceled meeting! How best to make use of that unexpected 50 minutes—that gift of time. Maybe catch up on Profhacker blog pieces sitting on my RSS feed? Here are five of them:
- When the technology changes on you? Seems germane.
- Slowing down and learning about “deep listening”? I should also turn off my twitter feed that tempts me with messages from some of my favorite thought leaders. I am so easily distracted.
- Hints for teaching a large online course. I may try this when I leave Carroll.
- Making a WordPress Site Multi-lingual: Lately I’ve been exploring translation and language software.
- Exploring “gamification“: I’m still somewhat chary of moving in this direction, but intrigued by the creative writing/ gaming applications of English Professor Colleague BJ Best.
TIME was the campus -wide theme for Carroll University (Waukesha, WI, USA) during the 2014-2015 academic year. Across my years of teaching, I have enjoyed creating special courses (‘Why War?” “Happiness” “Pioneering Web 2.0 Technology Tools”) when I have been allowed time and total control over the course. Had I offered a course on this theme of time, I would have include the following as required reading and videos:
- The Time Traveler’s Almanac
- Deborah Harkness’s “All Souls Trilogy” (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and the Book of Life).
Time to walk with the Dog!