Attention Conservation Notice: I’m currently doing research/training in Future Studies, and am collecting helpful online material for this. Ran across this great presentation on Forecasting and am blogging it for future reference.
One of the really difficult things about being a college teacher is that, after being back for a few years now and getting to know many students on a personal level, I’ve begun to have several students come to me and say “Dr. Rice, I’m graduating in a few weeks. What do I do now?” Many of them had their hearts set on law school, but their LSATs didn’t quite pan out the way they would’ve liked. Many just don’t have the financial wherewithal to go to grad school. Others just went to college because that was “what you’re supposed to do” and now that they’ve reached the finish line, they have no idea why they were ever in college, and have no clue what the hell to do next. It’s like a fairy tale, where you reach the Happily Ever After but don’t get to see how Cinderella and the Prince deal with finances, children and infidelity. Sure, you’ve accomplished this great thing – getting a degree – but how do you answer the “so what?” or “what do I do now?” question?
I’ll be writing a longer post on this soon (once the semester ends), but I wanted to share with you a few sources that I think might help those of you in this position make sense of things.
First, click through Garr Reynolds‘ slideshow outlining Dan Pink‘s recent Johnny Bunko book:
Then go out and pick up Johnny Bunko and absorb it. You will thank yourself later. You may also want to add the Johnny Bunko website into your feedreader (I did). This book is full of fantastic principles in designing a career for yourself, with a strong argument for rejecting the conventional wisdom on careers and career planning.
Second, I recommend you take a look at Steve Jobs 2005 Commencement Address at Stanford University. Reynolds and Pink reference this, but you really need to see it in its entirety – and ABSORB IT – to understand the wisdom in Jobs’ words. This address moves me the way few other speeches have.
Graduation is a difficult, traumatic time. Meditate on these two sources, and think about their implications for your future. I’ll have my own thoughts about graduation up soon in a separate post.
For those of you who were unable to make it to the Totally Awesome University of Kentucky Second Life Island Grand Opening (whew!) last Thursday, here is the slideshow from my presentation.
Note: I’m not referring to such things as PowerPoint anymore. I’m using Keynote exclusively these days. And with other tools getting more popular all the time, we should start using generic terms like slideshows and slideware.
This rocks. I especially love the use of lo-fi media (cut-outs, Flash Gordon-style animations) to explain a Web 2.0 tool like Twitter using another Web 2.0 tool like YouTube. The effect is jarring – in a good way – and really got (and kept!) my attention.
Just wanted to post this invitation to UK’s Grand Opening for its Second Life Island on Thursday afternoon. I’ll be giving a brief talk as part of a panel at 2pm at the WT Young Library Auditorium. You can participate in events in Real Life or Second Life all afternoon. I hope to see you there!
PS, in Second Life I’m known as Ricetopher Freenote. Kthxbye.
You are invited to the grand opening of University of KY Island, a virtual campus in Second Life, on Thursday, March 20 starting at 1:00 pm in W.T. Young Library.
Second Life (SL) is an internet-based 3D virtual world launched in 2003 that has attracted the attention of educators around the world for its potential as a learning environment. “Residents” of SL can interact in real time, through their avatars, with other individuals or with objects. Exciting possibilities exist for collaboration, simulation, content delivery, role-playing, experiential learning, and other forms of educational interactions created through the imaginations of faculty and students. UK is joining a growing list of campuses that offer academic experiences through Second Life.
A description of this event and a detailed schedule (which includes talks by an SL educator in England, two UK faculty who use SL in their courses, a tour of the island, a discussion of educational uses, and more) can be found at http://ukisland.wordpress.com. A two-minute video invitation is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbNSr81dTFI.
This event and the University of KY Island are sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education with support from the Teaching & Academic Support Center and University of Kentucky Libraries.
For more information about the event, contact Patsy Carruthers, Senior Program Manager for AV/DL Networks at the Teaching & Academic Support Center (257-8272 ext. 223, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Attention Conservation Notice: Ran across this video and wanted to save it here for my future use. If you don’t care about becoming a better public speaker, please ignore. Thanks, Mgmt.