I have an interesting job. I mean, I work at a university and I help design and build and run online classes, but the day-to-day tasks I have don’t seem typical.
For example, in the last couple months I have done the following:
- Scoured high resolution pictures from NASA to try to find the “hermit crab” on Mars
- Pretended to be an employer for an Australian airline in a mock job interview
- Prompted “actors” with their lines about calculating gravity and centripetal force
- Researched how to create a visual tour of Outback Australia and big city Australia to help people understand the differences between rural medicine and city medicine in the Austalian healthcare system
- Conversed with students on discussion forums dedicated to people learning English
- Wrote fake essays to help people test assessments
- Created attribution tables to cite images used in videos that are Creative Commons
- Talked about the drawbacks of tables in code and discussed alternatives
- Reviewed ethics application procedures
- Watched someone drop a stuffed bunny with a parachute attached from a cherry picker
- Helped someone take video of a book being dropped in the grass
- Copy-pasted the same lines of code over and over to fix a problem in a course
- Skyped with someone in the US about how to handle and prepare for trolls in courses
I guess it’s nice to be doing something different every day.