There is however a noticeable separation between traditional and contemporary practitioners at UC I think (as there has been everywhere I have worked), so I'm sure I will soon find challenges.
UC has a mixed bag of technologies that have been trying to get off the ground and woven through the culture here for quite a while. Jabber is used instead (and as well as) Twitter, and that has a handful of devotees. Confluence as a sort of social networking, content sharing platform - again with a handful of devotees (I'm trying to work out how to stream in a presence there without double handling from here). Moodle is the official learning management system, and the website is user generated to a degree, but with only 1 or 2 faculties taking ownership it seems. As usual I'm asking the questions - why reinvent wheels, just use (in a smart way) what's popular at the time. I haven't found any UC presence on Youtube, Flickr, or Blogger etc.. that's a worry - still looking.
Sunshine and I are still looking for a new home (we are close), we have a car, phones, bank accounts.. as soon as we have a home we can settle the other stuff about health, insurance, connectivity, and fly the dogs and cat over.
It was sad to leave Dunedin. We sold our house and a lot of our belongings. Already, looking at photos causes a pang of loss in the heart. The team in the Educational Development Centre bid me a lovely and prolonged farewell. I got to feel that some were sorry to see me leave. I think I can say that I caused some positive change there, prefaced by disruption. Veronique even read my books before I left and we had a nice conversation about that, I was very grateful to her for doing that :) I was pleased also to see that the idea of enrolling in courses at completion rather than at the beginning, was starting to take hold officially by some up in "Leadership", and on the day I left I even received the perfect email request from a staff member asking for advice on how to develop and market her courses and topic though social media. The wording was informed and enthusiastic. Sadly my Otago email has already been shelved and I can no longer access a copy of it, lost for ever.
I've been talking with a kiwi researcher here about what I might do for research. He was particularly encouraging about the idea of diarising and forming up a program for staff development in the use of media and communications in their work.. I'm thinking seriously about a PhD in it.. a DIY PhD of course ;)