Wishing and Planning and Waiting

*sigh* another summer slipping away.  And this summer is so special, on so many fronts.

In my personal world, our oldest child turned 18.  Now that’s a milestone.  As a resident of the US and particularly east central Illinois, we had a week straight of excessive heat warnings, then a break and today a heat advisory.  That’s memorable.

As an employee of EIU, I am part of  a committee that is working on the process for identifying the future infrastructure for online classwork.  We started with the core of a Request for Proposals meant to be added to the institutional parts and sent out to entice vendors/potential future partners to convince us that we need to team with them.  That’s definitely the beginnings of a landmark year that I’m wishing will go well and provide some needed interest in and excitement for online learning.  In the meantime, I’m waiting.

As a member of ITS and the primary Bb/WebCT admin, I’m heading up the plans for our late summer WebCT upgrades, scheduled for Aug 11-13.   Planning…  identifying what all needs to be upgraded, collecting needed installers, notifying appropriate all constituencies, re-scheduling backups, testing in our test environment, and finally pushing a lot of buttons and waiting.

The next couple of weeks will go so fast.  Then, hopefully, the normal rhythm will take hold before the RFP excitement picks up.  So much to look forward to.