I begin to understand why artists talk about light with such reverence. Provence is fabled for its light: A destination for artists and for sun-worshippers, en general. Toulouse is in the Midi-Pyrenees, which is immediately west of Provence and definitely southern France. So the light in Toulouse can be pretty spectacular, too.
Usually in these blog posts, I like to focus on something related to Online Ed or Instructional Design. But today I want to write about something a little more personal and fun…. I recently got a hamster! I just moved into a new apartment two weeks ago, after living for four years in various places where I wasn’t allowed to have a pet.
After having a quite candid conversation with one of my friends last night over the ever popular text message, it got me to thinking a little bit about how we use this feature in our everyday lives and the impact it has had on how we communicate. I have often found myself trying to explain myself, or really anything for that matter over my handy dandy iPhone and realized that in the time it took me to compose, alter the incorrect auto-correct, and send the message, a simple phone call would have taken less time.
A note of explanation: I arrived in Toulouse, France on July 1 for a year-long sabbatical stay. I spent the first 5 weeks on my own, settling into my apartment and learning my way arround. In the second week of August, the rest of my family arrived. My wife, Betty, and youngest daughter, Rachel, will stay the year with me. Betty is also in Psychology and an Associate Dean in the College; Rachel is in the fortunate position of just having graduated from high school, so we offered her an "off year" before college to learn some French and some French culture. My oldest daughter is one ye
This semester, as part of my Instructional Systems Design Master’s program, I am taking EDC 605: Distance Learning Research and Design. I’m really excited about taking this course, as I think it will greatly benefit the work I currently do in Online Ed. What I’m really interested in is one of the books that we are assigned: Face to Face Communication over the Internet: Emotions in a Web of Culture, Language and Technology, edited by Arvid Kappas and Nicole C. Kramer.
#1 on my “bucket list” is arranging a private concert by Diana Krall for me and 30 or so hand-picked friends and family. (Ella is no longer available.) The playlist will be chosen mostly from her “Live in Paris” CD and her “All for You” CD. The finale will be Diana’s version of Joni Mitchell’s “A case of you.” The champagne will be French; Kentucky will, of course, supply the bourbon. Mr. Dave and Ms. Betty will put together the menu.
There must be at least one dream on your bucket list….
Well folks, it’s the end of the summer semester here at UK, and fall term starts but a few days from now. That means that this week’s blog is going to focus on wrapping up my thoughts and experiences on my first summer as a Media Mafia worker.