It seems that each life experience brings something new to learn about and understand. Many of my students know that I recently had another round of eye surgery. I am hoping this time I will be able to regain some vision (fingers are crossed). That being said, this happened during the semester. Accordingly the college placed me on leave since I was out more than 3 days. Fair enough. However, this is where my “law of unintended consequences” comes into play. As part of the administrative decision to place me on leave, I was also informed that I can do no work for the college until my doctor formally approves my return to work. Yep, unintended consequences. What this means is that I can do no work for the college… period. Therefore, I can not provide any guidance into the grade calculations for students this semester. I can not answer any email messages and so forth. I can not also review books for the fall semester. Nor can I polish materials for the spring semester classes. Depending on when I am released to return to work, this could have a major impact on the classes I will be teaching in the spring semester. It also means I can not complete many of the year end reports which I am always asked to complete by administration. I find this ironic. Curiously since I have recently created a technology think tank at the college, it also means that I can’t do any thinking for that group. I find this also ironic. Since I have a great deal of time at the moment (I can only use a computer for an hour a day – maximum), one would think (yep, that was a pun) that I would be able to develop a number of flash foresights to assist the think tank initiative. However, that would be work for the college as well. Sigh. This is a prime example of my law of unintended consequences. At the very time I can devote the majority of my time to helping the organization, the organization is preventing me from even thinking about how to help.
So, what am I doing with my time? Learning. I am using my lynda.com account to the maximum (ok, it is only for about an hour a day), but it is still an opportunity for me to learn about various technologies I have not had time to fully investigate. I am also spending more time using other means to communicate with colleagues (remember the phone) and focusing (yep another pun – sorry) on other initiatives which have been on the “back burner” for way too long.