I hadn’t really thought about food archaeology much until one day in the car. I was sitting idle in the Saturday morning traffic on the Pacific Highway listening to the radio. Simon Marnie on ABC 702 was talking about beer that had been brewed from yeast salvaged from 220 year old Tasmanian shipwreck. Not too long later, I heard about an American who ate a cracker from the Civil War. So how old is too old to eat?
I’m sure most of you have heard about digital downtime or device-free time. All for the benefit of easing our overloaded brains and nurturing our F2F* or IRL** relationships. I’ve heard of digital detoxes, including resorts specialising in this area (I thought it was just a place with no wifi!) In fact, the digital detox has become a whole industry! However the digital detox has been one-upped by the term digital nutrition. Continue reading Digital nutrition – yep, it’s a thing
The power of students is unmistakeable. Apart from the sheer number present at universities, they make their voices heard through activism on campus, participation on university committees, and their very presence. It is a power that is often acknowledge in university communities but also, just as often, underutilized. Continue reading Partnering with (the power of) students
What do you call a group of Learning Designers, System Analysts, System Administrator and a Developer? I’m not sure either but we are a group of five at MoodleMoot 2016 conference. What’s Moodle, you ask? Moodle is our online learning system, what we know as iLearn. Continue reading MoodleMooters – all about networks and sharing
After the robust discussion around dogs at work sparked by Rebecca Ritchie’s post a few months ago, I thought it was only right that the other half of the population also get to have their say. That’s right – I’m talking about cat people. (And no, I’m not talking about a Doctor Who-esque human-feline hybrid, but those of us who prefer that winning combination of aloofness and unexpected pouncing in our furry friends.)
Is it possible to do a presentation that isn’t boring? At the end of the month, I’m going to be presenting at a conference and I’ve been agonising over and trying to find how to make it not boring when the topic is essentially…. boring. Continue reading Ideas you can steal to make your presentation not boring
Tonight I watched my niece on 60 Minutes. She’s almost 16. I think she’s incredibly strong and brave. At a time when most teenagers are struggling to figure out their identity and what they want, Izzie knows. She’s a girl. But as a transgender teenager, it’s been a fight to be her real self.
Open plan offices, you either love them or hate them. They aren’t going away anytime soon and seem to be increasing on campus. How did they come about and how do you cope? Continue reading Blame Frank! An honest look at the open plan office
We are an institution based on reasoning and evidence based research, so why are we denying the research which overwhelmingly supports the benefits of having dogs in the workplace? Are you in favour? Are you with me? Let’s make this happen! Continue reading Why we need dogs at work at Macquarie
It is the devil that lies within us all, the inner critic. That voice inside our head that tells us we’re not good enough. We feel that we are the only ones with this horrid person rambling in our head but we’re not alone and that’s something to take comfort in. Continue reading Crushing the inner critic