In Getting to know you… we introduce you to some of the fabulous, interesting and quirky people who help in keeping iLearn the awesome-o online learning space that it is.
This update we are going to get to know a man who many academics have dealt with over the years. Always friendly, always helpful and nothing is a problem, Pierre Bleiker, Digital Recording Administrator (Echo360). We put a face to the voice at the end of the phone.
How long have you worked at Macquarie?
I started work at Macquarie in January 1991 as a Technician wiring racks in the 6 control rooms across campus for audio and video connectivity to teaching rooms. So that would be 23 years.
What’s been the biggest change you’ve seen in your time at Macquarie?
The change from Analogue to Digital technology. I remember recording lectures on reel-to-reel tapes and transferring them on to audio cassettes for distance students. Now that we have the Echo system, (originally iLecture / Lectopia), every recording can be monitored remotely from one control room. The distance students now receive CD’s.
We now also have digital lecterns that can be controlled remotely which assists the Helpdesk and Academics with the touch of a button.
What’s your #1 hot tip (on anything to do with Echo)?
Academics need to be added to their Echo units EACH and EVERY Semester to use the Echo Staff Tool (which allows academics to edit their lecture recordings or upload other media files into Echo).
We know you’re a strong Wests Tigers fan, how long have you been a supporter? Who’s your best all time Tigers player?
I went to school with Ben Elias, Paul Sironen and some other Tiger greats so it was a no brainer to follow the Tigers from a young age. I was lucky enough to see Benji Marshall’s last game at Leichhardt Oval with my eldest daughter Jordan.
My best all time player would have to be Wayne (Junior) Pearce.
If you were on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would they be?
A towel, a Swiss army knife and flint for fire.
What are you currently reading?
The Douglas Adams trilogy in four parts – “The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy” for the Nth time.