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Well, it had to happen sooner or later, and as I have been telling the folks at UMW for the last week or so: I am going out on top! This coming week will be my last at Mary Washington, and I can honestly say I have yet to have a job that has afforded me this much space to work creatively on a regular basis. I’m both grateful and indebted to my partners in crime at DTLT for making the environment constantly engaging, entertaining, and thoughtful.
Moreover, I have to thank the faculty at UMW for being unbelievably open and undeniably cool — you all make this kind of work worthwhile. The fact that in little over two years I have been able to work with faculty on well over eighty projects is a testament to their unbelievable tolerance (dare I say gluttony?) for punishment–they are a model for the school of the future and it has been an honor working with them.
Going will be a bit difficult for, as anyone who reads this blog regularly knows, I will be leaving behind a project that I have in many ways been married to over the last six months: UMW Blogs. I am extremely proud of the success of this project, but not so much because of the actual application, the design, or its conception. Rather, I am proud of the powerful virtual trace it has left of the amazing work that has been going on at UMW for the last several years. UMW Blogs will continue in the capable hands of DTLT, and by leaving now I am in the privileged position to take partial credit for its future success without any of the responsibility of its potential failure. This project has been a passion for me ever since Gardner and I had that fateful hallway conversation (almost a year ago to date) that led to a powerful “enterprise” publishing platform for the Mary Wash community.
Oddly enough, “divorcing” myself (to keep a metaphor rolling) from this project further reinforces the larger ideas that have come out of all this experimentation: UMW Blogs has far more to do with learning, communication, and community than with any single fascination with a technology. The fascination was simply an easy way to realize a framework. All of which makes the larger issues about educational publishing platforms that are open and community driven far more interesting to me than any isolated understanding of a blog or blogging software (more on this strain of thought soon).
So to the UMW faithful I say farewell, and to the good folks at the University of Richmond I say brace yourself, for I come further South with something to prove which makes me as dangerous as I am driven.