The End of New Beginnings

So…. good news! I am starting a new position at my current institution, Heriot-Watt University, as a Learning Technologist on our Virtual Learning Environment project, where we will be moving to a new system.

It also marks over a year in my current role, which I started after having been at Edinburgh Uni as an intern and my first learning technologist role. When I left Edinburgh Uni, it was difficult to learn the new way of things. At Edinburgh, I knew how things get done, where you find the nicest toilets and the best cupcakes.

Heriot-Watt was built in the 60s and 70s, and EVERY building is connected. It took me a while before I could figure out where everything was! (You can walk from one end of campus to another indoors in about 20 minutes) I spent my first time here completely misjudging how long it would take to get from one place to another.

On a more serious note, Heriot-Watt also allowed me to form a new identity. Who am I when I’m no longer known as the poster child? What type of learning technologist do I want to be? I am still waiting to write an update to my post on my learning technologist spectrum. This has not always been an easy journey. It is hard to establish your role as the first central learning technologist! I would be lying if I didn’t admit that at times I wondered if I would ever be any good, if I was meant to even be a learning technologist. (or at least meant to be a real adult. Still not sure on that one)

All along, however, I have been blessed with colleagues who have helped me get to grips with everything, and have provided me with constructive criticism as needed. I am finally starting to feel like I’m no longer the new kid on the block – people are starting to know who I am! I wear my two Heriot-Watt values award badges as a sign that I’ve done my own little bit to make a change.

I’m excited to start my new role – but it no longer feels like a new beginning.

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