Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 709. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2020-03-29 11:36:06+00:00 From: Francois Lachance
Subject: WFH Willard Friends and readers on Humanist might be interested in this excerpt of correspondence between me (a civil servant) and a friend from grad school (a university professor finding themself teaching online with no training or guidance). I like to liken the current circumstances to e-kindergarten where we are all learning and calling upon the techniques that support a child's (or anyone's) executive functions. [quote] We are indeed working from home (WFH). We are entering week three. The civil service as moved to distributed but connected mode - just as in an in-person office, we field calls, respond to email, initiate chats and participate in conference meetings. As you can appreciate from your own experience, it has been pretty intense. We have all to do what we do using a new to us suit of tools. We are producing while we are learning. The combined intensity of the interaction (more of it, more of it recorded) and the general worry over the duration has made for a more stressful situation. It's not a holiday. Here's my takeaway for this first week of WFH: I actually feel more connected to more of my colleagues not so much due to the technology as to the ethos of care that is permeating our interactions. I feel stimulated by the new learning. It is all like learning to read (orientation) and write (action) in a different mode. Reminds me of my teaching days (with great pleasure). Distanced but not isolated. All the best Francois Lachance Scholar-at-large http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~lachance https://berneval.hcommons.org to think is often to sort, to store and to shuffle: humble, embodied tasks _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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