Lisa Harris

Lisa Harris

Director of Digital Learning @UofEBusiness @UniofExeter. I champion Digital Literacies, Social Learning, Open Access & MOOCs. #PFHEA #JISCsocial50 #Innovator #Disruptor

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  • @SarahM thank you for your supportive and very considered reply! I hope you find the course useful...what are you looking for in terms of a new career? With your proactive, "can do" attitude I'm sure you'll have no trouble :-)

  • @JingjingFan yes indeed - there is considerable for mentoring and "reverse mentoring" in pairing up the generations to share experiences and learn from each other - highly recommended!

  • @AmlanBiswas Great! You should check out Step 1.9 here, and also connect with @LauraPhillips who is helping with this module. She worked on the VISTA project.

  • @AliciaKelly Welcome! I've been working backwards through the comments (as you do!) and have already seen a number of great posts from you. I just *knew* I would discover that you are a CIBS student!

  • @AdamTweedie yes indeed, a sobering thought. And also, where would we be now if it had never been developed at all?

  • @ZoeSwift exactly! The classic mistake organisations make is to use the technology to replicate existing systems, rather than re-imagine them based on new possibilities. An education example would be real time "Zoom classes" rather than forums like this, which allow flexibility in timing of study and contribution, along with global reach :-)

  • @YiFanLin @AliciaKelly great discussion - unfortunately what we "should do" and what we "actually do" are often very different, and not usually in favour of the greater good...

  • @AnnieStacey thanks for contributing to a great discussion (stretching back across cohorts!) which highlights just how diverse the perspectives on a single issue can be, with supporting evidence provided for both viewpoints. There is rarely a single "correct answer"...

  • @OliverThorpe I was about to reply to your post saying yes, I agree, but the key phrase in your post is "should come naturally". Then I read @MinhHienNguyen 's reply which highlighted a number of reasons why what people "should" do, and what they "actually" do, can be very different!

  • @LisaVrensen that's a fascinating article!

  • Thank you for all the comments about trends towards flexible work location - most of you seem quite in agreement on the benefits of this! A couple of studies have been mentioned which suggest growing acceptance/preference for WFH, but they are both pre-pandemic. Has anyone managed to find any more recent studies in this area for comparison purposes?

  • Great post @MuniraDevey, thank you - this is a very important area (and one with fantastic graduate employment opportunities). What's not very clear from the article you've referenced is the issue of compliance. More reporting is fine, and many countries are now raising their game in this respect, but how does the policing work? What are the penalties for...

  • @MuniraDevey that's a great example, thank you. It's good to see that the simple introduction of video calls was able to get around some of the bureaucracy clogging up the system, which is particularly frustrating in a healthcare setting. Though I expect some people complained that it was "only" online! What are the waiting lists looking like now?

  • Thanks @DylanBouwer - this document is very interesting. I like the way it's focused on monitoring and evaluation, which is one way of helping to "get beneath the hype" (often this type of document is long on ideas, but short on practical implementation) and the list of new job descriptions is useful too. In the UK, various governments have tried to tackle the...

  • @MuniraDevey that is so true!

  • @MuniraDevey that's good to read! You'll like week 4 then, where we focus on "Smart Cities" (the subject of the assessed poster task)

  • Thanks for all the great examples from all over the world - it’s quite inspiring to read about all the energy and positive change taking place.

  • @DominikaŠuľanová welcome! I hope you enjoy the course.

  • @JoshuaLutwyche a great post. You’ve usefully highlighted both the opportunities offered by hybrid working and the challenges, evidenced it with a useful article, and made a valid comparison with a previous section of the course. In a nutshell hybrid working offers more options but also generates more competition!

  • @IsabelStanding @JackGriffiths @MillieGraves great discussion - an excellent example of “digging beneath the surface” to consider alternative (and sometimes surprising) factors which influence working from home.

  • Some great discussions here about changing attitudes on work and retirement, and the increasing flexibility offered by technology. I’m still seeing lots of generalisations though, for example an assumption that older people want/expect/need to do less….that may well be the case for many people, but there is also evidence that older people can become MORE...

  • Beware of generalisations such as “old people can’t…” or “young people can…”
    And there is a heavy dose of irony in the statement by Douglas Adams!
    It’s important to “dig beneath the surface” rather than accept headlines without questioning them, as the work discussed in this section shows. For example, being an accomplished navigator of various pieces of...

  • It's good to see that a number of you are up to date with the module activities and have already posted detailed and thoughtful "end of MOOC" summaries. A common theme seems to be enthusiasm about the value of professional uses of LinkedIn and other relevant social media in "standing out from the crowd" in the job market. This is not something that can be...

  • @DominicLodge that's very interesting. As an outsider, there do seem to be some obvious benefits that are not currently being taken advantage of. Maybe a little bit of denial??!! Is there not competition from more agile newcomers to the industry who work very differently?

  • @KarinEngdahl very interesting - is this product already in use, or still in development? A whole new level of accuracy, literally! There could be all sorts of useful applications (in terms of real time traffic management for example)

  • @GracieRoberts Interesting points. There's much more along these lines next week when we will examine "smart cities".

  • @TessaChallis @GracieRoberts Great discussion, thank you. I'm going to "pin" it an an example of good practice to others.

  • @EmilyH @CAMILAREYES excellent discussion. And (despite concern expressed during the worst of the pandemic) currently we are not hearing much about how to deal with this, with the world's attention focused on war and economic crisis.

  • @SarahRadin @CasperB very good points. We do tend to assume when being sceptical of anything new, that the system it could replace was somehow perfect. Of course that is unlikely to be the case :-)

  • @TobyPattinson great post. Making comparisons with historical examples is a very useful approach (bearing in mind the massive social upheaval that was involved, and that hindsight is a wonderful thing!)

  • @MaxBradley @CAMILAREYES - good discussion. It's a tricky one isn't it? Testing then improving a prototype based on the experience of using it is a common approach, but obviously risks errors. Waiting for something to be perfect first means it is unlikely to ever happen. But lives could be at stake. No easy answer...

  • @IsabelStanding I'm glad you enjoyed it, and keeping a log is a great idea - and very useful to draw on for your end of module reflection.

  • @ConorHickman exactly, great comment! As Kaitlin says "reality just takes longer and doesn't look so cool".

  • @BenjaminThorn thanks for the detailed summary. You should definitely check out Prof Mark Thompson's groundbreaking work in the digitalisation of public services:

  • @AbbieGoffin it's good to see that you obtained value from participating in a specific comment thread that was inspired by the VISTA example. That's exactly what you should all be aiming for with your comments - prompting further debate or discussion that all participants can collectively benefit from.

  • @CamilleMeaney thank you - very interesting - it's good to see that key roles like this are offering the flexibility of working from home.

  • #excellent :-)

  • @charlieCamber indeed - you've highlighted a critical point.

  • @IsabelStanding thanks for the excellent (if very long!) post. Great idea to relate your observations to theories of creative destruction. Do you have a reference for this that others could check out who might not have come across it before?

  • @WynneElvira thanks for a great post, you're spot on!

  • Welcome @OliverMedzinskii - that is indeed a challenge :-) You will find the blogpost by Prof Alan Brown that I recommended very useful in progressing that particular interest.

  • Welcome @HaileyBrown I like to see a positive attitude! I hope you enjoy the module and that it can add some new perspectives to your Business Analytics course.

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