I resigned from Otago Polytechnic last week. I'll be taking up a position at the University of Canberra, starting in October, working 1 year with the National Institute of Sports Studies. The appointment is a little ironic, considering I haven't had much to do with the Otago Institute of Sport while at the Polytechnic. Browsing the courses at the NISS, I can see that Sports Media is probably an area I could help in.
The eternal optimist Keith Lyons landed me the job there after we reconnected through Facebook! I first met Keith back in 2005 when he invited me down to tour sports education facilities in Canberra. He and I both share an enthusiasm for social media, the Internet and their role in education. I'll have to focus this some, onto the topic of sport I see.. but I'm sure Keith and the team have good ideas. I have a few already, but better hold them until I know what is going on there.
Another big attraction to Canberra is the handful of extremely progressive educationalists I know working there. There's James Neil, Marg O'Connell and Leonard Low for starters... will be nice to have more chances to talk with them face to face.
Sunshine and I are both a little sad to leave Dunedin. We have to sell our house that we put so much into, and say goodbye to wonderful friends and colleagues. I feel like I'm leaving something I started as unfinished - the development of more independent open educational practices using social media... but its well started at least - Otago Polytechnic has set up the Open Educational Resource Foundation which will capitalise on that initial work, I'm sure.
Many thanks to Otago Polytechnic and the many supportive individuals there for these past 3 and a half years.