The writing retreat that we organised for people who want to write applications for promotion was really a success! We finally got time to write our applications, and we also had nice discussions related to what to put in an application and not. I learned quite a lot from the discussions, and the company was really inspirational.
When asked for anonymous comments the participants wrote the following that was good about the retreat:
- Good food & nice company
- Raise awareness of what is important, but typically insufficiently emphasized.
- Good to have some interrupted time-off to work on our applications.
- To see other people’s applications and hear what others think and say
- Time to write
- More time to talk about career choices etc.
- Great tips such as leadership courses
- Time! Time! And talk during breaks.
Sigtuna Stadshotell really offered a warm and Christmas like atmosphere, and it is a place i strongly recommend for retreats of any kind.
You can find the plan for the retreat here.
After one day, there was an evaluation of the retreat, and day two of the retreat we added a walk during the lunch break to get some air. Now we are planning to meet and see to it that these great applications are sent in.
As you might know the flipped classroom is a phenomenon in teaching and learning. Some even present it as the silver bullet of all the problems we have in Higher Education.
At my department which we though that we’d try concept at our gender equality coffee break discussion (in Swedish fika) next week. It will be “a flipped gender equality fika”.
The plan is to watch this TED talk before the fika and discuss it during the fika:
The idea of the TED talk came up at our last meeting in the gender equality group, and one of the participants found this TED talk.
Here are two questions that we will discuss at the fika:
– How can we (as a society) make such a creative idea work?
– What are the challenges for the parents and for the child?
As usual the fika is open to anyone at the Department of Information Technology. We’ll see how many show up.
Perhaps this is an idea that you could copy in your organisation?
“Please stand on the spot. Hold the paper in front of you. No, not that high up: Your paper needs to be further down. Remember to smile. Try to look natural.”
Last week did my first recording of a research presentation. The presentation lasted 30 sek and the short film will appear online soon on the NordWIT web page.
The whole NordWIT Centre team did films, and it will be interesting to see how well this spread in social media. One part of me wishes them to be very successful, since that would mean that people are interested in what we are doing. Another part of me really hopes that they will be NON- successful since I was awfully nervous and I both studdered and look completely NON-natural. I needed to redo the reading six times (at least)!!
Here are my observations from this experience:
- 30 seconds is a very short time. I did many rehearsals but it was still difficult.
- Given how nervous I was I think that doing a film using my computer would be easier for me. Quality would probably not be as good though.
- Doing the films was almost a teambuilding experience
The equal opportunities team at the Department of Information Technology (previously gender equality group) goes on a retreat to beautiful Krusenberg herrgård every year. We spent 24 hours discussing and evaluating the work in the group and planning our work ahead.
I must say that we have an excellent group and there are so many great discussions. I especially appreciate the effort of my colleague Anna-Lena Forsberg who collaborate with me in organising and keeping track of our work. We also have excellent help from the equal opportunities expert Nina Almgren from the university administration.
Equal opportunities work should be integrated in all parts of the core activities in an organisation. It includes working with organisational culture and aspects such as transparency and knowledge. The aim is to create an organisation where everyone has the same opportunities, rights and obligations. This is not easily done though.
Next year our focus of the groups work is firstly to increase our knowledge of equal opportunities. We have an ambitious plan and the first thing that happens is the organisation of an Equal Opportunities course open for everyone at the department. I’m looking forward to attending this course and to learning more about the area. 😊