August 8, 14, and 16 at 1:00 - 2:00pm ET + optional 30 mins "afterthoughts". Free to TLT Group Individual Members; Fee for non-member registration $250. Register: tlt.gs/OLIreg
Who are the Silver Cloudians?
Those facing a new confluence of Confusion, Ignorance, and Fear
associated with the rapidly changing options for (and external pressures toward):
A. Online teaching, learning, and networking
Who are Silver Cloudians? ...the unprecedentedly large cohort of higher ed "baby boomer" professionals facing
ACCELERATED/DELAYED/PARTIAL retirement from academic careers in the midst of economic recession and info tech revolution?
What can they offer? What do they want, need? [Even beyond reserved parking?]
Aug. 14 - Myths & CFP - Identify challenging myths and develop Call for Proposals
Aug. 16 - Stories - illustrative, provocative, useful
Aug 14 we'll follow-up previous sessions by identifying relevant myths about higher education retirement options and related online teaching/learning/networking options.
We'll explore myths, questions, etc. and develop a related Call for Proposals - for online offerings during 2012-13.
Sample Myths & Related Questions:
- I know when I'm going to retire, what my finances will support, and what im going to be doing.
- I understand Medicare.
- I understand several of the important current options for online teaching and learning - including synchronous/asynchronous, text/audio/video, mega-course support, open educational resources, etc INCLUDING THOSE MOST FAVORED AND BEST SUPPORTED BY MY "HOME" INSTITUTION.
- It will be great not to have to work anymore and to make lots of money through my websites and other online activities!
- Early retirement is good for everyone!
- I'll never retire.
- I understand all the benefits and responsibilities of emeritus status fully - not just the parking privileges and ceremonial obligations!
- I'll spend most of my retirment traveling and doing volunteer work.
- I'll continue to have internet access speed and quality and tech support as good as in my campus office.
- My retirement budget includes new tech and telecomm options I can't even anticipate - ESP ones my grandchildren and my online undergrad students will expect me to use.
- My relatives and colleagues will be ready to participate along with me in the online activities I like best now and the ones I discover in the next few years (weeks?).
- I know all my options for continuing to work at/with my "home" institution and other institutions.
- My institution/dept/colleagues are well-prepared to help me adjust to my new status and develop new roles and relationships.
- My institution/dept/colleagues are well-prepared to accept help from me in my new status and to provide support for these new roles and relationships.
- I'm familiar with the organizations that already exist to support retirees in general, in higher education, and within my own institution!
Related questions for consideration:
- What resources, support would enable you to take better advantage of higher-education-related online options as a retiree?
- What resources, support would enable retirees to use online options to continue helping colleagues and students in higher education?
- How are the answers to these questions different, complementary, conflicting from the perspectives of full-time faculty? part-time faculty? online faculty? professional support staff? hybrids? administrators?
- What roles do you want to have available to you and your colleagues during retirement? Shortly before?
- What are the biggest challenges you see as retirement approaches? Or that you have already found?
- What issues should be researched further vis a vis retirement in higher ed?
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