Institutional Web Management Workshop, IWMW 2013
Workshop Session A10: Connections, Connecting, Connected
- A10: Connections, Connecting, Connected
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- Wednesday 26th June 2013 from 16:00-17:30
- Lynn Boyle, University of Dundee
Within institutions and beyond there is an emphasis on connectivity and connecting with people to ensure we are globally aware of trends, current research and innovations in technology. Dobbins (2009) said that Learning Lunches can often provide new and existing members of University staff with an opportunity to meet new colleagues and forge new friendships. Dobbins case study of a series of Learning Lunches which had been successful at the University of Birmingham in 2007 led to innovation as a key to a successful teaching or research career and that innovation is best described when it is as a conversation where people can exchange feelings and descriptions to suit the listener or audience which cannot always be conveyed in print. This inspired me to create a staff club called the 'Friday Fry Up Club' at the University of Dundee, as clubs or meetings go, good intentions can quickly become lost in an endless list of e mail or calendar invites. To prevent this, the club began and still exists with a personal invitation through myself and also now through other personal connections of those who attend. The importance of the club is that membership is not limited to the academic staff within the institution but includes academics from different disciplines, technicians, librarians, support staff and even occasionally senior management. This evolving innovation has led to further thinking about linking those who are connected to Higher Education in the broadest terms. Who are you, what do you do and how do we link, collaborate support and each other rather than been seen in silos of professions? It is often a personal interest or a face to face meeting which prompts and sustains connections and it is important to develop new ways of making friendships and collaborations which last beyond the necessity of the current project or crisis.